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Still Alive... Greetings from the Lost

Hello everyone! Happy Easter to those who celebrate, happy Passover to those who celebrate that, and generally happy Sunday to all!

I know I haven't been around in... well... forever. I still lurk on LJ from time to time, and I really miss the camaraderie of the old days. LJ has become a bit of a ghost town, which makes me sad, since I've interacted (and even met) some amazing people here. I'm not on Tumblr at this point, since it lacks the communication aspect that LJ has, although I do check out gifs there from time to time.

My life is okay at the moment. I'm still taking care of my elder, sick parents, which can be challenging, but they are fairly stable at the moment (at least physically... sigh... although I think they conspire to drive me crazy). The current job (that I moved for about two years ago) is still fine. I don't love it, per se, but I don't hate it either, and I work with some lovely people, so that's all good. The job will last a maximum of another two years, but I can leave before that... so I'm starting to think about getting my butt in gear and searching for a new one. I haven't done much of that recently, but I don't like the uncertainty hanging over my head. I'm lucky in that I know the time frame that I'm working within, and can start to take proactive steps.

Fandom-wise, I haven't been writing, but I'm actually getting to the point that I really miss it. I think I needed a mental break from... everything (writing, job searches, life)... and it was all I could do to get through the day dealing with work and caring for my parents. But now I'm feeling the itch to work on unfinished stories. I actually just signed up for AO3 (no idea why I didn't do that earlier), and may spend part of today beginning to archive my fics there. That may inspire me even more to start writing more, since I'm finding that I quite miss it.

All in all, life is okay. I've missed interacting with you and I hope that everyone is happy and doing well.
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Dear Stomach Flu,

You are a most uninvited and unwelcome guest. Please bug off and take your holiday un-cheer with you.

No love,

Dear Everyone Else,

Hope you have had/are having a wonderful, merry, happy, fabulous holiday season. May your days be filled with love and joy and may the holidays bring your happiness and cheer.

Much love,
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Fic: The Burden of Silence

Title: The Burden of Silence
Author: Daylyn
Fandom: Criminal Minds
Rating: R (FRM)
Pairing: Hotch/Reid
Word Count: ~ 1,700
Disclaimer: All characters belong to their copyright holders. No profit is intended.

Summary: Hotch silently watches his team, and his lover, grieve.

Author’s Note: SPOILERS for Episode 6.18, “Lauren” specifically and Season 6 generally. Many thanks to kuriadalmatia for her awesome beta job.

I’m super-excited about this story, because it is the first fic that I have completed since December. Woo hoo! Of course it’s an angsty one, but still… it’s a finished fic. Damn you, real life, for interfering with my writing abilities. Hopefully, things have settled down and more fics will follow soon.

This takes place in my Five Dinners universe, but can stand alone. (All “Five Dinners” stories can be found here).

The Burden of Silence
By Daylyn

Watching his lover break down in JJ’s arms was more than Aaron could bear. He had to get away – away from Spencer, whose hurt and despair poured out of him; away from his team, who trusted him and who he was betraying with his terrible silence; away from JJ, who spoke the lie and led the team down a false path of pain and despair and anguish.

Aaron felt like he couldn’t breathe.

He could barely hear JJ’s words when she found him, and he mouthed the terrible platitude that he knew that they had to keep up the façade. He wondered how he was supposed to face them. He wondered how he was supposed to face Spencer and hold him in his arms, kiss him, make love to him, while knowing that he was perpetrating the ultimate atrocity – a betrayal of Spencer’s trust. How was he supposed to return to their job, their home, their sanctuary, and go on, day after day, lie after lie?

Aaron shut his eyes and forced himself to take a deep breath.
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Well done, New York, Well Done!

Check out the Empire State Building from last night, done up in rainbow lights to celebrate the passage of New York's law allowing for same-sex marriage.

I'm so proud of the state where I grew up. Awesome job, New York!
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Japanese Quake/Tsunami and current Tsunami warnings...

A magnitude 8.9 earthquake has hit Japan, generating a massive tsunami along its north coast, which looked like it caused significant damage. The force of the wave was... astonishing. According to the USGS, there are widespread tsunami warnings for numerous countries.

For me personally, the USGS indicates that there is a tsunami watch in effect for the coastal areas of California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska from the California-Mexico border to Chignik Bay, Alaska. I suppose this information will be updated once the wave is assessed as it crosses the Pacific. I live on the coast of California. If a tsunami hits California, it will hit here. In fact, where I currently live is known to be one of the worst places to be in Los Angeles if an tsunami hits.

I guess I'm not getting much sleep tonight in case I have to evacuate.

But most importantly, my thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Japan.

In other life updates, I'm likely moving from here at the end of the month due to having lost my job at the end of last year. I'm not entirely sure where I'm going (I'm waiting to find out about a job in central California. If that doesn't work out... I really don't know what I'm doing. Why yes, I'm stressed (which is why I haven't updated at all in quite some time). However, I'm definitely moving inland away from the coast (maybe way inland like to the Washington DC area -- hey, there's much less likelihood of a tsunami hitting there).


Ah... it's going to be a long night.

ETA: According to the Los Angeles Times, California could see small waves on Friday morning (local time) which could cause some unusually high tides but not major inundations. That's a relief, although I'll keep checking on that to make sure there's no change. My thoughts and well wishes definitely go out to everyone impacted.

ETA2: California has actually been upgraded to a tsunami warning, which means "significant widespread inundation is imminent or expected". However, sea levels are only expected to rise off the coast of California by less than a foot and people are being told to stay away from the ocean on Friday morning (local time). No evacuation order has been issued for coastal residents (at this point).

ETA3: 8:42am PST: We're expecting tsunami surges of around 2-4 feet throughout this morning and the beaches are closed, but there's no evacuation. Cannot believe the damage caused in Japan. Just... wow. I've only slept sporadically throughout the night. I think I'm going to try and get some sleep now.
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Happy New Year to my Flist of Awesome

Stolen from kuriadalmatia

Copy and Paste if you have enjoyed the blessing of meeting people online that you never would have met any other way. This is an end of the year shout out to the many friends I have never been in the same room with but who have inspired, amused, comforted, encouraged, and touched me in so many ways. Here's to another year together.

I want to thank you all for your encouragement and support throughout the year. I’ve been blessed to actually meet a few fandom people in person (the awesome jamie2109 in Australia and the wonderful fabrisse in Washington DC, and have spoken extensively to the_callum in Berlin (although we haven’t met yet, we will someday, my twin).) Nonetheless, I will likely never be in the same room with most of you. However, you have inspired me and encouraged me and “listened” to me. I’m not the most “open” of people and have difficulties in expressing my emotions, especially when I’m down. But whenever I have gone on a rant, my awesome LJ friends have been there. I thank you all!

As an aside, my job officially ended last Wednesday. While I have no idea what I’m going to do, and am a bit worried (okay, a lot), there’s a part of me that is giddy with relief that the job is over. There were times, especially over the last seven months or so, when I would be sitting in the office at 11:00 pm or later, the only person still in the building except for the cleaning crew (and they were on the way out), with several more hours of work to do, and thinking to myself, “This job is killing me.” Not a great thought, really. It’s not that I mind working hard, or working late. But… working hard and late ALL THE TIME with no appreciation, knowing that your days were numbered at the job, and having the bosses you work for not appreciate anything you did got to be a little grinding. I essentially worked for two men – one would pile on more the twice the amount of work than what he was supposed to and then he would leave at noon while I was stuck there until after midnight and working weekends, the other would complain (usually behind my back) if he disagreed with my work product, refused to speak to me, and would sneer at me when I dropped off the work. Yeah, it was pretty damn crazy and unpleasant.

And now it’s over. I’m okay with that. Really, I am.

But you all have listened as I bitched and been there as I whined and encouraged me. And read my fics (which makes me happier than you can know). My dear flist – you are AWESOME. Thank you all.

May each and every one of you have a great year!

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Bah humbug to bah humbug or...


So, at 2:11 pm yesterday, I decided to get over my holiday funk and stop ignoring the existence of the holidays. So, at 2:11 pm yesterday, I went out and bought a Christmas tree. I forced convinced my father to come over and help decorate it while my mother (who really isn't feeling well) supervised. So now I have a tree. And I may put up more decorations today (yeah, yeah... whatever about the timing). Oh, and I got to see the end of my favorite version of Scrooge with Albert Finney and the Christmas cartoon with the Burgermeister Meisterburger, so Christmas Eve was made of win.

All in all, I'm ignoring everything that sucks in my life (like the fact I'm losing my job next Wednesday) and feeling all festive and full of holiday cheer.

So, my dear flist, MERRY CHRISTMAS to those who celebrate and a happy holiday season to all.

Oh, and it's okay that since I just put my tree up, that I leave it up until February Twelfth Night, right?
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Alphabet Meme Time!

Gacking the Alphabet Meme from just about everyone, since I’ve read some GREAT little fics from it, my life is falling apart, and I need a distraction.

This is how it works:

1. Pick a letter.
2. Pick a prompt that starts with that letter (ex. P is for Porn).
3. Pick a fandom and a character/pairing/platonic relationship.

-You can claim up to two letters and you can't claim a letter that's already claimed.

-Fandoms/Pairings: Criminal Minds, Hotch/Reid is the only pairing I feel up to writing at the moment, but I’m willing to do gen and/or character perspectives from any of the characters.
Sherlock Holmes (book verse, although I might be convinced to try BBC Sherlock), Holmes/Watson is the preferred pairing, but I’m willing to do gen and other characters too.

Just note that it may take me a while to get everything written.

-Anyone can request. Don't be shy! :)

ETA: I plan to fill the requests in the order they were received. So please be patient.

A – argyle (Crim Minds, Hotch/Reid)
B – blind date (Crim Minds, Hotch/Reid)
C – cold (Crim Minds, Hotch/Reid)
D – defeat (Sherlock Holmes book verse, pairings optional, Mycroft optional)
E – egotistical (Crim Minds, Hotch/Reid)
F – first (Crim Minds, Hotch/Reid)
G – gamble (Crim Minds, Hotch/Reid) / gunshot (Crim Minds, Hotch/Reid)
H – handholding (Crim Minds, Hotch/Reid)
I – illness (Sherlock Holmes (book verse or BBC Sherlock), Holmes/Watson)
J – juxtaposition (Crim Minds, Hotch/Reid)
K – kissable (Crim Minds, Hotch/Reid)
L – latte (Crim Minds, Hotch/Reid)
M – Maiwand (Sherlock Holmes, any verse)
N –
O – oddity (Sherlock Holmes (book verse or BBC Sherlock), Holmes/Watson)
P – pinned down (Crim Minds, Hotch/Reid)
Q – quibble (Crim Minds (optional BBC Sherlock), Reid (paired or gen))
R – right beside you (Crim Minds, Hotch/Reid)
S – Sherlock (Sherlock Holmes, any verse)
T – takeout (Crim Minds, Hotch/Reid)
U – unsatisified (Crim Minds, Hotch/Reid)
V – victory (Sherlock Holmes book verse, pairings optional, Mycroft optional)
W – Wuthering Heights (Crim Minds, Hotch/Reid)
X – xenodochy (Crim Minds, Hotch/Reid)
Y – yearning (Crim Minds, Hotch/Reid)
Z – zealous (Crim Minds, Hotch/Reid (plus "unsub action"))

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