darkhavens: text: 'can't sleep, obscure pairings will eat me' (can't sleep obscure pairings will eat me)
I have just spent a glorious weekend with 11 totally insane people. The usual suspects were there: [livejournal.com profile] eatenbyweasels, [livejournal.com profile] esmerelda_t, [livejournal.com profile] gingerpig, [livejournal.com profile] lonelybrit, [livejournal.com profile] madders, [livejournal.com profile] princess_s, [livejournal.com profile] ruric, [livejournal.com profile] vampirefever and the newly betrothed [livejournal.com profile] vic_amy_z. We also had some fresh blood in the forms of [livejournal.com profile] sometimeredhead, a woman with a prodigious caffeine habit and a disturbing knowledge of government lube guidelines, and [livejournal.com profile] ok2nv_theoracle, this year's token male and token American! He did us proud. ;)

My liver may never forgive me. I consumed about 70cl ( around a fifth) of scotch, and almost a third of a similar-sized bottle of bourbon. And then there was the bottle and a half of ginger wine that was my main 'mixer'... ;)

Let me tell you more! )

Horbling #6 iconic quotes )

I can has laptop! What it is? )

In conclusion: I AM BACK, Y'ALL! Whatchoo been upto?

darkhavens: (smooch)
In about 5 hours, I have to get up, to catch a bus to catch a train to catch a lift to a wild weekend of debauchery, good food, good porn and good cooking.

I will try and check this post before I stagger out the door, but I make no promises. Mornings and I do not get on.

Smooches and hugs to you all! See you when I get back! And if you do something I really really need to see, please drop a link here. I'd hate to miss anything!
darkhavens: (sn damaged [literati])
Why are so many people such utter f*ckw*ts? And why do I have to work with them?

One of them left a box of bananas in a narrow hallway out back at work - a box of bananas that I had already moved out of the way twice so it wasn't a hazard.

I'm sitting here now with a bloody and bruised neck and shoulder, a bruised elbow, middle finger, knee and ankle, all on my left side, because when I closed up shop an hour ago, I grabbed my cash drawer and one of the scratchcard lockboxes and headed for the office.

I'm laden, I can't see the floor as I come round the door, but I know I cleared everything out of the way not an hour ago... So, I trip, go sideways, rolling my ankle. I totter into the office, hit the wall, which shoves the scratchcard lockbox (open tubular steel piping aimed for my throat!) into my neck and shoulder, at which point I lose verticality and come down on someone's effing scooter that should never have been in the office in the first place, scattering cash all over the place, wrenching my wrist, landing hard on my knee and scraping a load of skin off knuckle, neck and shoulder.

No gaping wounds, thank god, but christ, I'm not going to be able to move tomorrow, and I can forget about putting on a bra. And probably nodding. I can feel my neck muscles tightening as I type. I'm going to be black and blue and scabby. Lovely. I may take pictures. (Why should I suffer alone?)

Oh, and the f*ckw*t thought it was hilarious. It doesn't seem to occur to her that IT'S HER FAULT for moving the banana box from where I'd put it safely out of the way. She didn't even put any bananas out!

So, In conclusion: OW.

In other news, I have 660ml of 5.3% pear cider and two Jaffa Cake muffins.

But I'm still fuming.

*SMISHES YOU ALL (CAREFULLY)*
darkhavens: text icon: 15 m/m pairings in dk purple, with paler txt darkhavens and even paler txt multifandom ho. (Default)
Is it me, or does someone have their finger on the fast forward button of life? I can't believe it's September already!

For anyone who's wondering, I'm still in love with my Buffy boys, and my Supernatural boys and my SGA boys and the rest of my menagerie, I'm just completely obsessed with the guys in tights and spandex right now, so most of my ficbrain is focussed in that direction. Most. ;)

If any of you are tempted to take the fandom 'research' poll that's out there, I'd advise you to read this, this, this (links taken from [livejournal.com profile] metafandom) and follow a few of the links in those posts before you get drawn into their asshattery. (Not that I'm biased, or anything, but the reason for their 'research' is a contract to write a book entitled: 'RULE 34: WHAT NETPORN TEACHES US ABOUT THE BRAIN.')

[livejournal.com profile] rounds_of_kink is asking for prompts again here. And remember, 'kink' covers a lot of ground, from something as simple as enjoying playing with someone's hair (or someone playing with yours) through to auto-erotic asphyxiation, scat, bloodplay, etc. So go and prompt. You could end up with some delicious new fic that hits your buttons.

Rounds of Kink prompt call


And finally, LJ are offering three extra days of Paid Time to everyone with paid journals for the downtime experienced on Thursday August 6th. You have until September 10th to claim your days. Why wait?

Anyone else watching Dark Blue and wanting Carter to slam Dean up a wall and eat him alive? No? Just me then. *g*
darkhavens: text icon: 15 m/m pairings in dk purple, with paler txt darkhavens and even paler txt multifandom ho. (Default)
This is the edited and extended version of my WriterconUK talk on Modding Communities, given on Saturday, 15th August, 2009, at the Ramada Hotel, Coventry.

It contains my own personal views on modding and as such, does not pretend to be the definitive guide on 'How You Should Mod Your Community'.

I'm sure there are things I've missed, and things that people will disagree with, but these are my thoughts on the subject, at this moment in time. Though I refer to fandom throughout this post, the thoughts and ideas here can easily be adapted to other arenas.

Wearing The Modhat - an Essay )
darkhavens: text: 'can't sleep, obscure pairings will eat me' (can't sleep obscure pairings will eat me)
I'm back! And I bet most of you didn't even know I was gone. :P

On Friday I trundled off to the Ramada Hotel in Coventry for my first ever WriterconUK Midimeet. Of the 25 other attendees, I had met precisely one before: [livejournal.com profile] kitty_poker1, so it was a weekend of dizzying memory blanks and jumbled names/nyms/IDs.

A complete(ish) list of attendees can be found here, as I am really not up to that amount of coding right now. *g*

There were talks and presentations a-plenty, and I got to pretend I knew what I was on about by giving a talk on (my opinion on) how best to moderate communities. It was both terrifying and thrilling. And apparently also educational. (Yay me!)

I had my first ever Thai food on friday night and will now pine piteously because there is no Thai restaurant in my town and that makes me saaaaaaaad. :(

The program of events for the weekend can be found here. With any luck, people will be making posts in [livejournal.com profile] writerconuk reiterating their presentations and talks for anyone who might be interested.

Feel free to link me to anything interesting I might miss in my mad scroll through flistdom.

Roll on WriterconUK Midmeet 2010!

*smooches to you all*
darkhavens: (woo! [literati])
In five weeks' time, I'm off to my first WriterconUK midimeet, which this year is being held in Coventry. I'm also going to be presenting a talk on 'Communities, their Creation, Maintenance and Moderation'... or something like that. Does that sound pompous? *chews fingernails nervously* ;)

A great bunch of people will be there, from a variety of fandoms, but there are still a few places open if anyone else wants to join us.

The signups so far include:
me!, [livejournal.com profile] just_sue, [livejournal.com profile] kitty_poker1, [livejournal.com profile] suki_blue, [livejournal.com profile] bogwitch, [livejournal.com profile] kazzy_cee, [livejournal.com profile] hesadevil, [livejournal.com profile] quinara, [livejournal.com profile] ningloreth, [livejournal.com profile] miso_no_tsuki, [livejournal.com profile] eternal_red, [livejournal.com profile] hab318princess, [livejournal.com profile] thismaz, [livejournal.com profile] lilachigh, [livejournal.com profile] hils, [livejournal.com profile] curiouswombat, [livejournal.com profile] speakr2customrs, and [livejournal.com profile] mirasol.

It takes place over the weekend of 14th, 15th and 16th August. Membership closes at the end of July, or earlier if all places get filled.

Latest [livejournal.com profile] writerconuk details here, and the membership post is here.

I'm getting to be quite the social butterfly. I need a laptop. Or a netbook. [livejournal.com profile] kitty_poker1, why did you let me walk away from that pretty little netbook? I neeeeds it! :D

I am back!

Jun. 22nd, 2009 10:13 pm
darkhavens: (woo! [literati])
I am back from the wilds of Kittyville!

Fun times were had by all. Alcohol and delicious foods were consumed in abundance. [livejournal.com profile] suki_blue was lunched with and, let me tell you all, she is an sneaky enabling enabler! Thanks to her evil evil evil generous nature, I now have in my possession ~60 Justice League of America comic books, plus two starring The Flash, all canon for the ficcing. (Also, a deepening curiosity about Dick.)

And thanks to [livejournal.com profile] kitty_poker1's generous hubby (and live-in masterchef), I also have 50 more of The Flash in digitised form, and a whole bunch of Batman movies. (Oh, and five seasons of Two and a Half Men. So silly, but oddly addictive.)

The journey out was easy enough: smooth ride, easily made connections, with only a minor hiccup in that Google maps lie about where Fenchurch Street Station is! *writes them a stern but educational email*

Then, on the way back, I got onto a Circle Line tube train at Tower Hill, aiming for Paddington, and was mildly amused that my MP3 player random-shuffled its way to Gerry Rafferty's Baker Street just as we pulled into Baker Street station.

Sadly, the amusement was shortlived. As we pulled out of the station, it was announced that the train I was on was no longer a Circle Line train and that all people who got on it expecting to actually get to their Circle Line destinations should get off at the next station because it was being hijacked by TPTB to go to Hammersmith instead. I didn't even know they could do that! But, a connection was found and I managed to get myself all the way to Paddington (the very next station on the Circle Line) without getting lost... much.

And all that excitement has worn me out, so now I will relax and start digging through everything that's piled up in my absence: 200 emails, a flist of skip=bajillionty, and an answering machine full of aural spam. Tis a hard life, indeed.

So... what have you all been upto?

ETA: I came this > < close to buying a netbook. I was petting it and reaching for the plastic. I managed to escape uncharged but I fear tis only a matter of time...
darkhavens: (woo! [literati])
If there is one person or more on your friends list who makes your world a better place just because they exist and who you would not have met (in real life or not) without the internet, then post this same sentence in your journal.

I'm not only posting the sentence, I'm off to visit one of them!

[livejournal.com profile] kitty_poker1 and her hubby have the dubious honour of several days of my company, so I won't be here to keep an eye on things. [livejournal.com profile] literati will be wielding the mod-hammer in a bunch of my comms during my absence, and I'm trusting you all not to break the internets while I'm gone. Play nice. I will be checking up on you!

And now I have to go finish packing and remind myself not to forget my tickets (this time).

*smooches and hugs to all*
darkhavens: text: 'can't sleep, obscure pairings will eat me' (can't sleep obscure pairings will eat me)
So, I was confessing to [livejournal.com profile] entrenous88 about my newest addiction - Batman/Flash (Bruce/Wally) fic (yes, cartoons, comics, I have gone animated, people, are you happy now, world?!) and she said maybe I should do that meme that was going around last month where you list your top ten pairings and let other people comment on what trends they see. So...

Vaguely in order of adoption, these are my boys:

Spike/Xander (Buffy)
John Sheppard/Rodney McKay (Stargate Atlantis)
Sam/Dean (Supernatural)
Jack/Nathan (Eureka)
Connor/Murphy (Boondock Saints)
Dexter/Miguel (Dexter)
Jack/Ianto (Torchwood)
Nikolai/Kirill (Eastern Promises)
Mulder/Krycek (X-Files)
Batman(Bruce Wayne)/The Flash(Wally West) (Justice League)

let me have it. :D
darkhavens: (woo! [literati])
I have 5 2 1 0 Dreamwidth invites to give away.

There's a community over at DW specifically set up so that kind souls can give out codes to people who want them.

Comment here if you want one. If there are more than five takers, I'll come back to this post when I get more.

I'll post again when I have more. :D
darkhavens: text icon: 15 m/m pairings in dk purple, with paler txt darkhavens and even paler txt multifandom ho. (shiny beads [me])
Today (actually it's 3.16 am now, so technically this should read 'yesterday'...) has been declared lurker amnesty day! Have you read me but never commented? Do you surf by occasionally? Here for the fic? Have you friended me but never said a word? Say hello! You are under no obligation to ever comment or delurk again, but here's a chance to do so in a post just for that.

COME SAY HI. Or... just wave at your monitor. *waves back*
darkhavens: text icon: 15 m/m pairings in dk purple, with paler txt darkhavens and even paler txt multifandom ho. (shiny beads [me])
Today (actually it's 3.16 am now, so technically this should read 'yesterday'...) has been declared lurker amnesty day! Have you read me but never commented? Do you surf by occasionally? Here for the fic? Have you friended me but never said a word? Say hello! You are under no obligation to ever comment or delurk again, but here's a chance to do so in a post just for that.

COME SAY HI. Or... just wave at your monitor. *waves back*
darkhavens: text icon: 15 m/m pairings in dk purple, with paler txt darkhavens and even paler txt multifandom ho. (Default)
Thanks to a wonderful donor (who shall remain nameless so as to protect them from their flist), I have a Dreamwidth account: darkhavens.

(NB: I am not leaving LJ. Not unless they kick me out. I have comms to run and a flist to obsess over!)

As per the donor's request, I have created a bloodclaim over there, which will become operational once I've imported everything and made sure I haven't cocked it up. *g*

I have also created slashthedrabble and slashtheimage, and new prompts will be cross-posted to both LJ and DW (so I don't get confused *g*).

Way back in January, once again staring at an empty page in MSWord, I decided to do something drastic: I signed up for [livejournal.com profile] findyourwords, choosing 50,000 as my target wordcount for the year 2009. That's more than I've written in the last two years combined.Wordcounts (posted fic only): 2006=53k, 2007=25k, 2008=22k. EEP!

I then continued staring blankly at various empty pages until March, when I discovered [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic and became addicted. A couple of days ago, 6 weeks on from word one, I broke the 10k barrier and decided to get myself a widget to celebrate:



*hugs you all and twirls*
darkhavens: text icon: 15 m/m pairings in dk purple, with paler txt darkhavens and even paler txt multifandom ho. (me:eruantale)
(snagged pretty much wholesale from [personal profile] bead, who snagged it from... well, you get the idea)

Since Dreamwidth has this nifty 'subscribe' and 'grant access' split, we can all take advantage of it.

Please feel free to subscribe to my journal without granting me access if you only want to read fic or public entries. You don't need to share with me to read my writing and I won't feel slighted or left out if that's what brings you here.

Reciprocally, don't feel that I am being mean or exclusive if I don't automatically grant access, either. If I start using filters, I'll just forget to check them and end up feeling guilty for ignoring everyone when I finally do remember, so. I want to take advantage of Dreamwidth's tools to structure an access list that is tight enough I won't need to use them.

I reserve the right to rethink this policy at a later date, of course.
darkhavens: text icon: 15 m/m pairings in dk purple, with paler txt darkhavens and even paler txt multifandom ho. (Default)
*plants flag in new corner of Darkhavensville*

I'm here to poke about and see how this new toy works. Porting my LJ over here is a future plan, but, as of now, [livejournal.com profile] darkhavens is my main home. (Links go to LJ, yay for handy-dandy site-specific code!)

Bloodclaim will also be making an appearance over here, once I figure out the import tools (and learn to trust them). Quite possibly, so will a few of my other comms. ;)

darkhavens: text icon: 15 m/m pairings in dk purple, with paler txt darkhavens and even paler txt multifandom ho. (books! [literati])
I'm sure most of you have already seen posts regarding Amazon's completely unacceptable behaviour.

click here to contact amazon's customer service
You have to log in, of course. They don't want just any old riffraff emailing them. ;)

sign the petition



And surprise! Now Amazon has been called to account, they're now crying 'glitch!'. Suuure.
darkhavens: (chaos panic disorder [secondverse])
First of all, thank you to everyone who sent birthday wishes, by email, ecard, PM, comment and journal post. (If anyone sent one by skywriter... I missed it. Sorry. :D ) It was a wonderful day full of the bestest food and the bestest booze and the bestest boys doing the bestest things to each other. ;)

Secondly, to anyone who has a flist of 500+ or moderates a comm of 500+, you need to READ THIS POST IMMEDIATELY.

Thirdly, and this applies to everyone, here is a little security advice for your lj:
1. ENABLE A SECURITY QUESTION IMMEDIATELY.or...Not )
2. GO HERE AND REMOVE ANY EMAIL ADDRESSES THAT YOU NO LONGER CONTROL.Why? )

Wondering why I'm so worried? It's because posts like this (click for larger version):
 HACKER'C COMM POST
have started popping up in various comms again, and that's not good. If you follow a link in a post like this, you should run your antivirus programs immediately, as the linked pages can contain viruses and keyloggers, and if they gain control of your journal, they will systematically delete every single post there, and then they will attack any comms you moderate.

It sucks, but them's the facts. For a much better look at the problem, read [livejournal.com profile] acari's post how not to become the next hacker victim.

(Please don't ask for technical details or help because all I've done is read the posts that are floating around and thought "I gotta warn everyone!". If you read the linked posts, you have as much info as I do.)
darkhavens: (eureka! [literati])
20 minutes ago, [livejournal.com profile] madders sent me a recipe for 5 Minute Chocolate Mug Cake. Now I'm sitting here eating chocolate cake and telling you all about it, because really? It's Chocolate! Cake! In Five Minutes! What's not to love?

easy peasy cake recipe inside )

In conclusion: OM NOM NOM!
darkhavens: (don't let go [me])
Hi, everyone. I'm still alive, still... around, just very very quiet. I can't believe it's March already and that I'm staring 39 in the face, but at least I have the week off work to cope with getting older. *g*

So, what have I been doing since last I posted? )

Teeny pimp, cos I just gotta:

[livejournal.com profile] ship_manifesto - the place for your "Why I ship this pairing/threesome/moresome" manifestos. All fandoms welcome - live action tv, manga, anime, literature, computer games (Suki, I'm looking at you *g*). Go check out the masterlist! Stake a claim! Share the love! /pimp

One last thing! If you or anyone you know is being inundated with popups, and/or has seen their computer slow down considerably, you may be infected with the Virtumonde/Vundo trojan horse. Spybot, Norton, Symantec, Adaware, AVG (and possibly others) are not catching this. But all is not lost. malwarebytes.org has the solution, and for free! There is a paid, always-on version with automatic updates and scheduled screening, but the freeware version does the job just as well. I diagnosed a customer's computer woes while selling his wife cigarettes and told him to use this prog. He was back in 3 hours with tears of joy in his eyes. Well, okay, he was happy and said thank you, but it works! :D

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