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Year in Review 2013

Podfic in 2013
This year I recorded 116 podfics in 38 fandoms for a total of 104 hours 6 minutes and 6 seconds, which is conversely ~4 days 13 hours of podfic. This is ~20 more hours than last year, though basically the same number of podfics. I had 25 podfics that were over an hour in length this last year, which contributed to the higher hour count. The shortest podfic I recorded was 29 seconds, the longest over 7 hrs.


Most popular?
By Kudos: I Wish That I Could See You Soon by Talktowater & a light-handed approach to regulation by hazel are tied for first.
By hits I Wish That I Could See You Soon by Talktowater in first, followed by a light-handed approach to regulation by hazel which is notable because it's not in Teen Wolf and is actually close in hits. Overall, Teen Wolf has drastically more hits/kudos than any other fandom I've posted in.

Most underappreciated? I have no idea how to even think about this. Podfic doesn't get a lot of feedback and I produce a boatload. And being on twitter's podfic community, I feel I've gotten more feedback/support in the last year, even when it's not directly about a specific podfic. So yeah, I think there are some podfics I've done that got very few listens and no feedback or response, but I put out so much that I guess while that's sad, maybe it doesn't matter. At the end of the day I'm doing it for me, and I've really enjoyed almost all of what I've done this year (even if I haven't re-listened to most of it) and I've had wonderful connections and conversations with fellow podficcers that make me feel like no matter what I'm producing/recording it's worth it.

Personal favorite, for whatever reason? The following are my top five podfics that I've produced this year, based on what I've listened to and enjoyed:
1) all my bases are belong to you by jeyhawk which was just posted with ITPE reveals. I am really pleased with how my Jesse voice turned out in this one. And as I'm currently most in TSN RPF as my current fandom, having a podfic I've done in that fandom that I can listen to and not feel nit-picky about, is awesome.
2) all you have to do is open your eyes by torakowalski similar to the above, this is a podfic that I was able to listen to and feel immediately good about. Of all the Losers fic I recorded, this podfic is the one I feel I had the best handle on Cougar's voice for.
3) If Heaven's Hypothetical by impertinence & shoemaster (3rd in kudos!) was my podbang this year. I didn't re-listen to it until late this fall. I'd forgotten enough (and listened to enough other hockey podfic and Jeff/Eric in the interim) that I could listen to this fic and not feel like I was listening to myself read but instead just enjoying a podfic. It's longer, it was fun to record, and it turned out nicely.
4) Down and Dirty by Dear_Monday the podfic where I impersonated Shiningartifact and I really like the result.
5) How I Surived My Summer Vacation, by Tamika Flynn, Age 12 3/4 by thingswithwings rounding it out, some Night Vale which I had fun recording and feel pretty good about.

Most difficult to make? I had the most trouble with Knowledge of Dead Secrets by rei_c this year because it's really long, and it had a lot of creole and vodoun words that I had to look up, and sometimes could not find pronounciation for. Additionally a lot of characters had "southern" accents and I don't do accents, so I felt bad upon completion that it wouldn't be as wonderful an aural experience as it might have been with someone more confident about tackling a southern drawl.

Most "ah ha ha I can't believe I'm doing this"? This is one not posted. Someone sent me a request for a podfic and then I recorded it. It was just odd because I had no permission and I didn't know the fic and I was just "um, okay!" and then it was really fun. So that was kind of a "sure you asked, I can do that!" but I felt that "ah-ha-ha-what?" through much of the recording process because I'd never done something like that before.

Most fun to make? This is such a hard question because I essentially always record for fun. Sometimes a podfic winds up not being fun for whatever reason, but mostly it's a great time. The first day of my winter break I recorded Road Trip by SunHawk and then maybe 12 hrs later You Could Dress This Wound by myownremedy and I was just on fire for both of those. Any time I'm recording Duo Maxwell as written by SunHawk, I'm having fun, and You Could Dress This Wound I recorded in 4 hrs and it's a 3 hr podfic so I essentially just read that sucker and was done and it was really neat. I felt like I really dropped into the story and so that experience as a performer was enchanting. So I guess those were the ones I was "wow" about.

Was there one that didn't turn out the way you wanted? The things that didn't turn out the way I wanted this year are kind of superficial. Mostly, I can create this amazing sound mixing in my head, that's much harder to come up with in real life. Fog Sheets & Thunder by theopteryx would be the posted example. I had to go through a ton of audio to find the right pen-on-paper-writing and thunder/wind storm sounds and even then they don't quite have the quality I heard in my head when I started the project. Unposted, my collab podfic w/Falone & Myira of Miss Lydia Ladybug Stilinski is in editing purgatory because I can't get the sounds (car accelerating, cat meowing, etc) to match audio quality and it's just fighting me every inch of the way.

Biggest learning experience? I learned that I have a long turn around time for editing and if I think I can get something done in a month, that's a lie. This year I attempted to run a podfic fest/anthology for a first time, that's a lot of work, surprisingly (somehow I thought it would be really simple, and in some ways it was) so I'd say the Short_Shifting Hockey Micropodfic Fest was my biggest learning experience this year. The outcome was awesome and I'm super happy I did it, and I now know more about what's entailed in running something and am impressed with those who do (though I was impressed before, now I just get more why).

What's next? Do you have any podfic goals for next year? Did you complete your goals from last year
I did pretty good on my goals from last year. I'd intended to do more on the Ion Arc, and indeed I completed two more parts. And I'm now over halfway done. That continues to be exciting.
I decided to try recording standing up this year and I did so for recording Knowledge of Dead Secrets. If you'll notice above, that was a particularly hard recording and I slipped back into more comfortable sitting perhaps from laziness and perhaps because I thought I did better that way. Sound quality wise there isn't much of a difference. If I do another marathon recording session I probably should be standing because of the pain I wind up with in my knees, back and hips from the way I contort to sit and record. I did learn this year not to record while laying down with my laptop on my chest/stomach. Unsurprisingly that makes it harder to breath and therefore harder to record and I wind up sounding more muffled.
I still haven't transfered old podfics onto AO3. That's a resolution I'm not sure that will ever happen actually. But it's a pipe dream commitment I'll roll over into the next year.
And lastly, I'd intended to do morre collaborations. I definitely hit that mark this year. I said yes to quite a lot, and did quite a lot. Theatripod didn't take for our group, but I was part of it while it lasted. I had 2 in-person recording collaborations one with a new recording buddy illutu who is awesome and hopefully we will be doing more. Knight_Tracer and I did Work of Wings by thefourthvine, a long term extensive collaborative project which was awesome. I participated in pod_together for the first time with the amazing Akamine_chan and that was awesome. I also recorded a fic she wrote for me for A Peck On The Lips fest and it was great! I ran Short Shifting podfic fest, my first such venture. And finally, I participated in my first podfic exchange with ITPE for which I recorded 6 podfics. I also have 2 potential collaborative projects in the works with Knight_tracer which brings me endless joy, and another potentially with podcath. I am gleeful for what the new year will bring.

Goals For Next year:
1) Continue collaborations, challenges, and group ventures
2) More Ion Arc!
3) Do it professionally? I've been considering looking at working on an actual Audiobook. I definitely want to try my hand at it, if I can get my foot in the door.
4) record Shot Right Through With A Bolt of Blue, record Ion Arc, record the awesome fic I'm writing with Knight_tracer.


Fic
This year I wrote fic in 2 fandoms amounting to 3 fics for a total of 30k of words. I am not even comparing this to last year since all I did this year is Yuletide. This year I finished my novel which clocked in at 110k of words for which I wrote ~50k in the last year. I have 1 revision on it so far. I have started working on a second novel, mostly in prep-stages but with ~10k written so far. Highest kudos/hits for a fic: That One Time Tazer Got a Black Eye written for Knight_tracer, also podficced by her. Having someone podfic something I wrote is the most exciting thing ever. It is awesome.

Fanvids
I vidded in 53 fandoms this year, a total of 2 vids. Neither of them are posted to the web yet. One is a festivid, the other I'm still considering where to host and what to say about it (though I showed it at my birthday party). I have 3 vid ideas in the works for the next year, 1 of which I am pretty certain will actually happen.

Podfic & Fic Recs for 2013

Before we roll over to the new year, I'd like to reflect on the new fandoms I've enjoyed in 2013 and leave you all with a few recs to represent my year of fannish appreciation. I am essentailly recing podfics because that's my #1 mode of consuming fandom. If I rec a fic that essentially means 'This is so good I had to podfic it'.


My fannish trajectory in the last year: Teen Wolf -> Hockey -> Generation Kill -> Bandom -> Night Vale -> Losers -> Haven -> TSN RPF -> TSN -> Curse Workers


For all podfic recs assume "well read", I had to take it out of like 7 different podfic recs, I'm repeating myself. I pick these because they're well-read, it goes with the territory.
* denotes everything that's on my "recs for your mother" list, podfics I feel stand alone without knowledge of their fandoms, are reasonably long, and listen like one of the audiobooks my very picky-about-good-literature mother reads (I've yet to convince her to give podfic a shot, but if I ever do, this will be the list)
# denotes podfics I've listened to with my roommate and which have her seal of approval
~ denotes I've podficced this.
1), 2), 3), my top three this year



Hockey
what I did on my summer vacation read by duckgirlie - the boys work the same retail job. Laugh out loud funny, adorable.
tour de force read by marianas - Kaner writes a novel. Hits my "secret skill" button like none other, long.
# keep you on my arm read by bessyboo- the one where they go to gay clubs. Fake boyfriends button mashing, also gay clubs, and hilarity. Another one I laugh out loud for.
des plus brilliants exploits read by knight_tracer - genderswap!Sidney Crosby and the olympics, sweet and lovely. Also long.
# not a heart of gold read by anna_unfolding - OMG so hot. Hits hooker-kink buttons nicely. The first thing I listened to in Hockey, if I remember correctly. So really, this is why I'm here.
russian knitting circle read by knight_tracer - wonderfully long, great character voices. My love for Knight Tracer's Geno is endless. Ovechkin is wonderfully funny.
Fic:
~ Say it with flowers by hazel Kaner can talk to plants.



Generation Kill
Podfic:
* 16 days in september read by a lot of awesome people - gripping in a pick you up and shake you, make you think about it for days. AU (non-military) you don't need to know the characters, or anything about context. Just listen to/read it.
1) # * falling apart to half time read by miss_begonia - One of my all time favorite podfics. Hits my love of dancing (and by extension, well done dance AUs) like none other. Descriptions of dance that give me so many feelings I cry, good use of character voices.
* don't you shake alone read by chemm80 - a in-depth look at parenting post-war. This is a podfic I listened to and immediately wanted to recommend to my mother. This may be baby!fic but don't let that put you off, this is a really fantastic story about PTSD and building a family.


Bandom
Podfic:
# matter of logistics read by shiningartifact extremely hot, aural porn, with rimming.
* forever, now read by klb found families and parenting. Wonderfully heart-string tugging and a nice long listen.
# so, so fucked read by paraka fake boyfriends! This is adorable and funny and awesome.
anatomy of a fall read by klb long, slow build ghost story.
Fic:
I have been all things unholy by bexless stigmata, dark and complicated and beautiful. This is a great fic. It's also a great podfic, though I've only listened to the version that's no longer available.


Welcome To Night Vale
Podfic:
does it feel like a trial? read by chestnut_filly
Some Madness in Love read by Eccentric_hat
~a love song for schrodinger read by hananobira
Fic:
~How I Survived My Summer Vacation, by Tamika Flynn Age 12 3/4 by thingswithwings


The Losers
Podfic:
* We Aspire to Be Reasonably Sane People read by seussian - prequel to we know how it works. Jensen's backstory.
2) * We Know How It Works (the world is no longer mysterious) read by seussian - to be in The Losers fandom this is the only source you really need. This podfic is the entire reason I got into The Losers. It's *amazing* and *so* worth a listen. Also I think Seussian does such a magnificent job with Cougars accent.
Fic:
~all you have to do is open your eyes by torakowalski
~Dry Socks & Hospitals by NewYorkReload
everything by NewYorkReload


The Social Network RPF
Podfic:
# The giraffe notes read by lunchee - the most adorable, sweet thing, and with a lovely does of angst before it's happy ending. Anonymous notes of support, falling in love through letters and then squee.
Fic:
~all my bases are belong to you by jeyhawk Jesse and Andrew have a habit of making out when drunk.
~Nowhere Else On Earth That I Would Rather Be by torakowalski Jesse knits Andrew socks, Andrew buys him cat toys, cuteness ensues


The Social Network
Podfic:
pieces form the whole read by knight_tracer daemon AU
clockwork heart verse read by quintettsy cyberpunk AU
no wealth no ruin read by lunchee Dead Like Me AU
3) Tranquilize by lunchee intense, beautifully worked and gripping Veronica Mars fusion.
Fic:
~You Could Dress This Wound by myownremedy Mark can see pain as light, Glowing au
~There I Fixed It by lightgetsin Mark fails at life, sometimes intentionally so Wardo will still be his keeper.


Works in fandoms I'm not in:
even the light is an illusion read by Lianabob Avengers Movies/Comics, long and intricately plotted with scheming and faking ones death. I know very little about Avengers comics but the characterizations in this piece (both the writing and the podfic performance) are awesome.
work by the plutonian light read by knight tracer Taylor Swift the space pirate. Awesome.

Festivids!

Dear Festividder,

You are awesome, I'm super happy you're making me a vid \o/ Anything you do for any of the following will be excellent I am sure and I eagerly await the result.

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Dear Yuletide Author

Dear Yuletide Author,

It is so exciting that we've been matched on one of these awesome fandoms. I can't wait to read what you come up with. I'm pretty easy about fic content; as long as there's consent somewhere (or at the very least implied) for any related sexual activity, and no major character death is involved in the story. The following are some more specific ideas you could work off of, but please don't feel bound to any of it!

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Podfic, Written by Anonymous

Title: A Case of Attention
Author: Anonymous
Reader: Rhea314
Fandom: Un-Go
Character: Rie/Shinjuuro
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: none
Summary: Rie researches ways to appear more 'attractive' than fem!Ingo because she needs to win over Shinjuurou...
Text: here
Length 0:04:46
Link: here

5+10 x1 =15

Title: Yuki/Haru Fluff
Author: Anonymous
Reader: Rhea314
Fandom: Tsuritama
Character: Yuki/Haru
Rating: PG
Warnings: none
Summary: Yuki/Haru fluff with Haru being the perfect housewife
Text: here
Length 0:03:24
Link: here

10+10 x1 = 20

Title: Natsuki/Yuki
Author: Anonymous
Reader: Rhea314
Fandom: Tsuritama
Character: Natsuki/Yuki
Rating: G
Warnings:
Summary: request: Nastuki/Yuki anything really! response: "I hope you get more fills, but here’s some snuggling to tide you over?"
Text: here
Length 0:02:34
Link: here

10+10 x 1 =20

Title: Fish Out of Water
Author: Anonymous
Reader: Rhea314
Fandom: Tsuritama
Character: Natsuki/Yuki
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: none
Summary: Haru knows that there's something going on betweet Natsuki and Yuki, but they don't seem to realize that. So he uses his water gun.
Text: here
Length 0:05:44
Link: here
10+10 x 1 = 20

15+20+20+20 = 75 total

Year in Review 2012

Overview
This year has been primarily noteworthy for the finding of Teen Wolf and my sudden burst of productivity and happiness. However, going back over what I actually did this year, I did a lot that wasn't Teen Wolf. For a lot of that work though, I think I didn't feel I was creating in part of a community. I'd had a while of hanging out where the only people who cared about the same fandoms I did were IRL friends and they mostly weren't going to listen to my podfics, even if I could get them to sit down to see my fanvids. Besides Teen Wolf I enjoyed No.6 this year continuing from last year, and had fun cosplaying it with my roommate on several occasions. I also enjoyed discovere Natsume Yuujinchou and had a brief summer fling with the awesome anime from this summer's Noitama block, Tsuritama. I also started posting podfic to AO3 as I entered Teen Wolf fandom and the addition of kudos to my feedback has made an amazing impact on my positivity and general good-feeling surrounding my podfic.

My Five Year Podfic Anniversary

This is exciting, this is my 5th year as a podficcer. It's been a wild, fun time so far spaning all sorts of fandoms and experiences. I'm looking forward to the next 5 years!

Over the last 5 years since I started podficcing I have recorded a total 12 days 11 hrs 34 min 10 sec. I have recorded approximately 500 podfics in over 100 fandoms, podfics which currently take up 33 pages on the Audiofic archive (Thank you archivists!! :D) and my reader tag is the 6th most used tag on DWs Amplificathon (after archived, amplificathon 2011, spn rpf, sga, and bandom). ...I am both a bit boggled by, and totally proud of my productivity.

Ranked by most hours, my top podded fandoms are:
1) Gundam Wing 42 hours
2) Vorkosigan Saga 25 hours
3) Teen Wolf 25 hours
4) Full Metal Alchemist 16 hours
5) Stargate Atlantis 14 hours

Top 3 fandoms by number of recordings:
1) Teen Wolf 39+ recordings
3) Hetalia 34 recordings
2) XMFC 27 recordings


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Teen Wolf Podfic's Where It's At

With the increasing number of podfics out there, it can sometimes be hard to navigate to find the ones that best suit you. Recs are great way to find podfics well-loved by others or share the gems you already know and love. To find out more information on podfic and podfic recs, check out Pod Aware on DW, LJ or Tumblr.

Many of you know my life has been eaten by Teen Wolf. Today for Podaware it's Recommendations Day! The obvious answer is to tell you all about the Teen Wolf podfic I've been listening to. Upfront I will say the way I generally handle recs lists (with friends in person) is just sending a giant chunk of urls no explanation included. I podfic things because I love to, and it's the best way I can comment to/recommend a story. As such, I don't have great faith in my recommendation writing skills, but I can tell you all the podfics listed here are spectacular. Let it be noted I am a Sterek shipper, basically expect everything that follows to fit in line with that.

Open the Door read by firejuggler is the first podfic I listened to once I entered Teen Wolf fandom. It is a brilliant starter. It's an AU off season 1, 2hrs and 44mins so it also has a lovely length to it. Firejuggler masterfully handles the characters, both with humor and with a deft ability to read a characters mental anguish/self esteem issues without sounding overly dramatic or trite. It's brilliant, moving and I wholeheartedly recommend it!

last night's dress (tiptoe out of this mess) read by Dodificus is wonderfully hot, and with Dodificus' expectedly awesome reading, great timing, intonation, and also 1hr 50 minutes so another fic that will get one through a full round of dishes laundry or cooking dinner. And I love stories with the Sheriff interacting with Stiles and Derek and Dodificus definitely makes this one of my favorites.

By and By read by Dodificus is a pyromaniac AU. I would never have read this story except for the fact it was a podfic. I was hesitant given the premise, it just didn't seem my thing. Well, if you like podfic, this is probably something you should listen to. If you like pyromaniac AUs this is also for you. Dodificus does an amazing job with a complex story bringing out characters emotions and the tension of keeping secrets (particularly underage sex with the Sherrif's son kind of secrets) through her reading of this story. I am unashamed to say that this was ridiculously, occasionally knee-wobblingly hot. It may not be everybody's thing, but I highly recommend it.

The Creepy Cave read by Shiningartifact is a story I enjoyed reading but *loved* as a podfic. Shiningartifact has a way of reading that's enticing, caressing, like getting wrapped up in a warm blanket but also like someone murmuring sweet nothings in your ear. It's really quite nice, and calming. It adds an extra layer of intimacy to an already tightly focused story. Shiningartifact brings out both the characters enthusiastic dubious-consent (aphrodisiac squid tentacles) and the implications of the broader situation easily without loosing that calming overall feel. As a reader, Shiningartifact definitely has a great grasp of character. This is another podfic I found to be particularly hot.

Gyzym's Teen Wolf not!fics read by Kalakirya are some of the most hilarious, heart warming things I've listened to. Not!fics are fun because they allow a reader to fangirl along with them. Kalakirya embodies the frenetic happiness of coming up with fic ideas, also the ideas are wonderful, and stories in and of themselves. With laughter, humor, and great joy it's easy to fall madly in love with how amazing this fandom is Kalakirya has distilled those experiences into the 2-6 minute moments of awesomeness that are these recordings. And the domesticity memes are also, beyond amusing and grin worthy, totally cute and warm-fuzzy-feelings making. Definitely want I want to listen to as a pick-me-up after a bad day.

In which nat brings out the sappy sterek in me read by Anatsuno is another not!fic that is just gleeful and gorgeous. It's in two voices, and Anatsuno creates this lovely fannish conversation both through lovely use of effects but also through the wonderful enthusiasm she brings with her voice. Another one of those podfics that just made me love fandom because we are so amazing!! I dare anyone who listens to this recording to not be grinning ear to ear by the end. It makes me so happy.

Teen Wolf Prompt read by Knight_tracer I may be a bit in love with Knight_tracer's Derek voice, but it's this prompt that I feel encapsulates the pure awesome Knight_tracer brings to recordings. I had to listen to it three times, in a row. It was just that good. It's 2min 25sec long and each second is perfect. Also I love that it's a prompt, a podfic of a prompt, and it's perfect. Another recording that sounds like talking with my favorite fangirl (or rather listening). Best thing ever, having a fangirl in your pocket (and your ears) whenever you want.

But while we're on the note of Knight_tracer
(Sacred) In the Ordinary read by Knight_tracer which is 6 hrs long and totally worth it. It's made my last few days of work/bus transits awesome. And have I mentioned Knight_tracer's Derek voice? Actually all of Knight_tracer's character voices are awesome, there's amazing attention to detail, acting and the little things (like yawning, or teeth clicking, or the most perfectly timed sigh) that show how podfic elevate a story to a totally new (and utterly awesome & exceptional) artform. You may not have 6 hours of time to spare now, but download this podfic, when you do take that road trip, or start on your commute to work/whatever you will be so pleased.

I know that's not everyone who's making Teen Wolf podfic an awesome place to listen right now, so <3s out to the rest of you, I'm totally listening and it's possible that with the 68 podfics on my ipod I just haven't listened to yours yet. Know I'm looking forward to it! :D

How We Podfic

There are so many ways to create podfic and so many ways to listen. We might engage with podfic curled up in bed, in our closet, while commuting or at the gym, in our bathroom with makeshift soundproofing. To find out more information on podfic and how we podfic, check out Pod Aware on DW, LJ or Tumblr.

Podaware is on and it looks like it'll be a lovely week of interesting commentary! :) So far it's been fun to read the various posts I've seen people writing about their own process. Partly through that, and through listening to other podficcers talk at a recent convention, I've become aware recently of how many styles of podficcing there are. I hadn't really thought about this before, but I figure I'll explain my own practice, since it's both similar, and different from what others have said.

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Nov. 3rd, 2012

For anyone who for some random reason cares, I will be at Sherlock Con in Seattle tomorrow. It looks like it'll be fun. Weirdly I'm nervous about it, because I haven't been to a smaller/one-fandom-only con before and I am a bit worried someone will somehow see me and go "you're in Teen Wolf now!" and I dunno...laugh at me, or something. Mostly I'm going because I have a few RL friends who were also interested and I enjoy Sherlock greatly. Also fellow fen are awesome so it seems like it could be a cool way to meet awesome people. I will likely show up at the podfic discussion-panel-thing because that's basically what I do, and sit and listen to awesome people talk. So yeah.

Oct. 25th, 2012

I haven't written something related to myself in a while. I graduated (obviously) and life was a bit tumultuous for a while with trying to figure out what to do. Reflecting on the last year it has been one of transition. Mom says the hardest thing for me when I was a kid was allowing a party to end, I wanted sleep overs forever and for my friends not to have to go home. College sort of filled that goal in my life. I founded a Sci-Fi Fantasy Interest House and lived with my friends and soon-to-be friends and built a community strong enough we convinced the president of our college we were an institution not a new-born organization. I created these amazing strong relationships and community, and then graduated. So, transition. But in doing so I brought friends back with me to the West Coast, which is lovely.

Over the summer I basically got to run a bed and breakfast for college friends moving to my city. Then due to a flooding problem in the studio we had to remodel it, we've left it unfinished since we bought the house, but for the first time it was livable, just in time for my once-and-future roommate to move in with me. It's really lovely because I'm still getting to continue spending that time with friends. I have a temp job as a research assistant, and an awesome space to live that's somewhat separate from my parents, but still right nearby.

I'm meeting new people and making new friends, bonding disparate friends groups together in my new space (friends from before college, from college, and new friends). I don't know what I'll do for work, I have no particular direction in my life. I don't have a romance, and haven't ever had a serious one, nor do I see any immediate future for that. But I have great friends and I have great communities. I have no idea how any of this is going to develop. But today I went to the Spa with my mother and sat around reading and relaxing and talking with her, and my roommate gave me the cutest most wonderful tea-cup ever (little red riding-hood themed omg) to go with all of my tea (also Teen Wolf pertinent). And this weekend we're all getting dressed up and going dancing in costume because Halloween is the best time of year. And I've written 150 pages of a novel in the last year (while going to school) and I actually *like* it. I'm still writing fic some and recording all the things and I've found a beautiful new fandom that's uplifting and positive and a great home for me right now (Teen Wolf, you rock, particularly podficcing awesomeness). And I just read about the DCMA related ruling in favor of vids which is an awesome birthday present. I'm gearing up for Festivids and Yuletide and all the fun of fandom exchanges. I may not know what I'm doing in the long run, what my life's work is, or what to really think about the fact I'm now the age my parents got married at, but right now is pretty awesome and that's really good.

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