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Please note many of these fics contain explicit m/m sexual themes and explicit language. Warnings and ratings are posted with each fic. If that's not your sort of thing, then don't read. Usual disclaimers apply.

Note that all the links are currently pointing to Livejournal but all the entries there have been backed up to Dreamwidth, so if LJ deletes my journal they aren't gone for good. In the event that happens, I'll change the links to point to the relevant DW entries. Not doing that at the moment though as I have a ton of stuff that's higher up my priority list.

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mysteriousaliways: (Primeval - Camping)
Floods! Not through our house, thankfully, but the police have closed the bridge in the local village, and the fire brigade have evacuated 49 of the houses next to the river, despite the flood defences that were built several years ago. Apparently the Tyne just downstream from us is around six and a half metres higher than normal, which is about half a metre more than they've recorded since records began sixty years ago.

I had to drive through a few inches of floodwater on the roads several times on the way home from work.

Luckily, our house is fairly high up the hillside from the river, so we're not in any danger of flooding, but it must be dreadfully disruptive for the people affected. It makes you wonder why builders ever looked at the wide, flat piece of land along the bottom of the valley, running alongside the river and thought "That looks like a nice flat bit to build houses on", rather than "flood plain". It seems painfully obvious, but then we have the benefit of hindsight and having seen that bit flooded several times in recent years. It's not as if the houses are that new either - most look Victorian/Edwardian - but then maybe they were more optimistic that they could contain nature in those days.

Well, the current advice against non-essential travel will give me an excuse to stay at home inside in the warm tomorrow rather than ferrying the kids all over the place!
mysteriousaliways: (Ali the Dancer)
Dave was very impressed by the cosplayers and decided to join in. We're not sure what character the toga and giant staff signify (we didn't like to ask) but it's probably anime.

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mysteriousaliways: (Fred Astaire - What)
This popped up on my Facebook page:

[Xxxxx Xxxx] shared a post.
12 May at 14:43 ·

[Xxxxx Xxxxxx] 'STAY STRONG STU !'
I'm very pleased to be able to announce the kind donation of 2 more pellets of semen for sale on behalf of Stay Strong Stu. [Xxxx Xxxxxx] and [Xxxxx Xxxx] have ...
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I have to admit to doing a double take. On reading the whole post it turns out that the donations were of semen from a couple of champion bulls, to be auctioned on behalf of a charity appeal fundraising in the name of a local young farmer with an inoperable brain tumour.
A sad reason for it, but they're done really well with the fundraising - over £100,000 so far - and the announcement made me smile :)

That's the sort of thing you get on your FB timeline when you live in a rural community :)

Happy New Year!

Thursday, 1 January 2015 00:17
mysteriousaliways: (Ali the Dancer)
Here's wishing a happy 2015 to all my lovely flist!

I may not be very visible on LJ right now, but the friends I've made on here mean a lot to me.

I aten't dead.

Saturday, 30 August 2014 20:59
mysteriousaliways: (Rachel Brice flirt)
Hello folks. Gosh, it's been a while since I posted, hasn't it?

The new job is going pretty well - I'm really enjoying working in the shop, a lot more than I would have expected. Granted, my previous experience of working with the general public was coloured by shadowing check-in staff at Heathrow years ago, and that's not going to show the public in their best light. (Flying is stressful - some people are really horrible when they're stressed ...)

The only disadvantage was the lack of hours (and hence low pay) as it was averaging three days a month. Still, that may be changing, as the boss messaged me today to ask if I'd like to do more hours at home updating the website, which would be great, since it's really under-utilised atm and we could have a ton more stuff on there to sell. So yay!

I was at a meetup for dance teachers this week, and I've also committed to having two jewellery stalls at some upcoming dance events in December and January, which is great (especially as the stalls aren't going to cost me anything), but since most of my jewellery stock is in the wool shop right now, I'm going to have to get busy and make a ton of stuff :)

I've been vaguely thinking of starting up a bellydance class in the local area, but hadn't done too much more than think about it and mention it to a few people. Tonight I got a call from a local dance friend asking if I'd be interested in teaching her dance group, since my previous teacher switched to Pilates a while ago and there isn't a bellydance/raqs sharqi teacher in the area any more. Her group have been doing their own choreographies and rehearsing together, but without a teacher it's easy to lapse into bad habits and get stale, so they want someone to work on their technique and develop their dance. It sounds like a great opportunity - the venue, night of the week and the students are all in place, all I'd have to do is come up with stuff to teach them! We had a bit of a discussion and a six-week trial course of lessons sounds like a good idea. I'm going to meet up with them in a couple of weeks or so to discuss what they want to focus on.

Lots of stuff I want to do, and most of it has just dropped into my lap, huzzah! Let the universe know what you want and sometimes the opportunities will present themselves :)

I'm going to be ridiculously busy though!
mysteriousaliways: (Edge bows head)
Very sad news about Robin Williams. He brought such energy and laughter to all he did, I'm sure he will be missed. Depression is such a bastard of an illness.

I was watching a clip of him just a few days ago, of his meeting with Koko, a gorilla that communicates through sign language. Their interaction was quite touching, and a glimpse of the gentle, empathic man beneath the manic entertainer. (Although, that said, he even managed to make a gorilla smile!) Take a the time to follow the link and watch the clip, it's worth it

Rest in Peace, Robin.


Thursday, 15 May 2014 19:16
mysteriousaliways: (Default)

I have a job!

And not the one mentioned in my last post either :)

It's part time in a wool shop in our local town, alternate Wednesdays & Saturdays to begin with. I'm pleased and kind of surprised to have got the job, since I've only knitted about four things in total, and was upfront about being a total novice, but the owner seemed wildly enthusiastic at the prospect of someone who wasn't intimidated by the till or the prospect of entering stock onto the computer (her other current staff member sounds like a bit of a technophobe)!

Doesn't pay a huge amount, but a small income is better than nothing, and I'll be delighted at being able to contribute something to the household budget again :D

It's all happened ridiculously quickly - the owner tweeted about the job just before noon on Tuesday, I messaged her on Facebook right then, got an interview that afternoon, sent her my CV yesterday and heard I had the job today :)

*does happy dance*

Wish me luck ...

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 23:57
mysteriousaliways: (Primeval - team)
... I've applied for a job.

I have a feeling I might be ridiculously overqualified for it (I might know more if I ever get to an interview) but it sounds quite interesting, and although it's only 15 hours a week it would still be useful to have some money coming in.
Of course, having waxed lyrical in the covering letter about my excellent computer skills, I ended up having to send a follow-up email with the covering letter file attached, as for some reason the first email only had the CV file attached, although I'd attached them both. It was a computer glitch, honest, I do know how to use email!

Keep your fingers crossed for me please!

ION, in a nice bit of serendipity, I may have found a potential sales outlet for some of my jewellery. I was walking past an art gallery and art supplies shop in our local town, and decided to wander in and see if they had any useful supplies. The owner of the shop recognised me - he'd been an art tutor at the same place as I taught my bellydance evening classes, and we'd had to do the same teacher training course. We got to chatting about how horrendous the paperwork had been, and the nature of creativity, and what we were up to these days, and I mentioned that I had started making jewellery. Completely unprompted by me, he suggested I might want to sell some of my jewellery through his gallery, as he already stocks some jewellery by other local artists. I hadn't gone in there with the intention of looking to sell anything, so it was a bit of good fortune! Of course, it all depends on whether the stuff I make is suitable for his clientele (he liked the earrings I was wearing, which I'd made myself, although it wasn't an original design but a design from a tutorial which I did have permission to reproduce). He also gave me some very useful advice on pricing and dealing with supplying to retailers, and other places that might stock my stuff, so it was a very productive afternoon :). I'll have to get together some pieces to take round and show him, see what he thinks. Even if he doesn't end up selling any of my pieces, it was a very useful discussion. Things are looking promising.
mysteriousaliways: (Bono still not King)
- Smelled gas in the kitchen, so I had to turn off the gas at the mains and open all the windows. Luckily it was a beautiful day, so that wasn't too much of a hardship! The gas had dissipated by the time I got F on to the school bus, and I had an unusually busy day today, so didn't call the gas leak people till the afternoon - I figured that since the gas was cut off it should be safe enough. A very nice chap came and fixed the valve at the back of the cooker - just as well, as it was starting to get cold with no central heating.

- The loo blocked, and I couldn't get it unblocked, so I had to wait for Mr Ali to come back from work and fix it. Fun thing to do after a long day at work, ew!

- Car got serviced on Friday, but they found the suspension was knackered to had to keep it in over the weekend. Courtesy car had to go back this morning, so ended up with no car and a dental appointment for me halfway across the county and a doctor's appointment for C in the opposite direction at about the same time. Had to order a taxi, who managed to get lost trying to find our house, AND at the other end - at least I got a small discount for being late :)

- Garage bill came to £984.37 - meep! Going to be an expensive month, and I have nearly £5000 of dental implants to pay for in the next month or two.

On the plus side, I got the bus back from the dentist's and it went along a route I'd never been before - through some gorgeous countryside, on single-track roads, through tiny picturesque villages with lovely stone houses, past fields of lambs, spring flowers and the last section ran alongside Hadrian's Wall, where you could still see the Roman earthworks. Brilliant sunshine made everything look beautiful, and reminded me how lucky I am to live somewhere so pretty.

Found a good present for my great-nephew (god, that makes me feel old! Great-Aunt Ali!!) who's going to be nine this week - a book of Star Wars origami, with specially printed papers for making your own Death Stars, light sabers, Princess Leias, etc. His dad was a huge Star Wars fan when he was wee, and was convinced it was all real rather than fiction (aw, bless!) so I'm hoping he has indoctrinated his offspring into the fandom. If not, at least one person in the household will appreciate it *g*.

Heating is back on, I haz pizza and fic, so am quite contented for now. Getting out into the sunshine really helped my mood today.
mysteriousaliways: (writing - pen and ink)
Calling all fic writers/fandom creators on my flist (apart from the Denialists who likely know about it already):

The lovely and technologically talented [ profile] lsellersfic has created an excellent Online Prompt Generator that can be used to create prompts, bingo cards, etc for personal use or fandom challenges. If you need some personal inspiration or fancy running a challenge, it's worth checking it out.

She is even willing to customize it for the fandom of your choice in return for contributing prompt ideas/publicising the generator/donations to charity.

Check it out here:

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Wednesday, 1 January 2014 01:43
mysteriousaliways: (Ali the Dancer)
Happy Hogmanay to all my Flisties!

Here's wishing you all the best for 2014 :)
mysteriousaliways: (Ali the Dancer)
Quite an eventful afternoon here - I had to track down the owner of a lost handbag and car keys a couple of walkers had found outside our house, find the phone number of the owner and ring them up (or as it turned out, her husband), return said handbag when a neighbour knocked on the door asking about it (it belonged to a friend of hers) and that was that. Or so I thought. A few minutes later the owner of the bag knocked on the door and asked if I'd seen her mobile phone, as it was still missing. I decided to go and and help her look for it, only to discover that one of the little old ladies lying on the ground beside their car in shock (there were four of them, who had all been going out for lunch until they discovered the handbag was missing). Two of them had got out of the car and the driver didn't realise the third was in the process of getting out and had pulled over to park, resulting in said passenger taking a dive onto the tarmac.

I'd to help lift her off the ground - twice, as she tried to walk the first time and couldn't so we had to sit her down again and get a chair and blankets. For a tiny, frail little lady she didn't half weigh a lot!

Ambulance eventually turned up and carted her off to get x-rayed, mobile phone still not found despite further searches of the roadside. In the middle of all that a rabbit decided to take up residence in the middle of the road, have to be ushered off by a passing driver and then hunker down in the lay-by outside our house for a couple of hours (making the ambulance driver have to drive around it) and then quietly expire. If a fox or something doesn't cart off the corpse during the night I suppose I'll have to deal with it tomorrow.

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Tuesday, 5 November 2013 08:53
mysteriousaliways: (writing - pen and ink)
If anyone starts arguing that writing using pre-existing characters and story universes has no literary or artistic merit, I'd suggest pointing them at this short story:

The Sea Witch Sets The Record Straight by [ profile] ursulav
mysteriousaliways: (Leave now)
Scammers belong in the level of hell allocated to spammers and virus-writers. *growls at them*

I received an email from a friend's account, entitled 'Sad News ………' [friend's full name] with the start of the text visible below it saying "Hello, I am sorry for reaching you rather too late due to the situation of things right now."

Given that said close friend is currently undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer, my first thought was "Oh my god, it turned out to be terminal and she's died and her husband is contacting all her friends through her email!" but reading the email it became clear that someone had hacked her email account and was sending out the 'we're on holiday in the Philippines and have been mugged, please send money' scam.

I'm hugely relieved that she's ok - she posted a Facebook update to confirm that she aten't dead or in the Philippines and has changed her password - but infuriated that those bloody scammers put me (and probably a few of her other friends) through that.

mysteriousaliways: (Primeval - Sanctuary Visitor)
Title: All Quiet On The Night Shift
Author: [ profile] mysteriousaliwz
Fandom: Primeval
Pairing: Gen, hints of OFC/Norman from Maintenance
Rating: U
Wordcount: 794
Author Notes: Located in the ARC, with references to Sanctuary. If you’re not familiar with Primeval Sanctuary!verse, this will make no sense whatsoever. (Masterlist here: Sanctuary Masterlist.)
From the prompt ‘The Night Shift’ given to me at the Denial weekend. Norman belongs to [ profile] fredbassett, who was kind enough to Normanify the dialogue & beta for me, despite being horrendously busy. Many thanks m'dear! (Due to technical issues, some of the edits may have been mangled in transit, so anything that seems off is solely my responsibility.)

All Quiet On The Night Shift )
mysteriousaliways: (Lauren Bacall eyes)
Today I haz mostly been ... a model.

On Saturday I got a phone call from my hairdresser asking if I'd be willing to get my hair coloured for free as part of the salon's training day. Since I hadn't had my highlights done in ages (due to lack of funds and the fact that my usual cut & colour comes to around £60) and my roots were about four inches long, my answer can be summed up as "Hell yeah!"

So this morning I turned up at the salon. After some discussion, J set to work on my hair with around five different shades of blonde/light brown, and around two hours later my hair looked gorgeous.

And then they really got started.

After trying out some complicated plaiting, they decided on a style to fit the mood they were looking for. At one point I had three hairdressers clustered round me doing stuff to my hair. I spent about an hour doing an impression of Cousin It with my hair hanging in front of my face while they did some stuff that sounded like they were playing cat's cradle with my hair, followed my a period as a unicorn with half my hair in a big knot over my forehead to keep it out of the way. It ended up with a woven criss-cross net of hair over the crown, with long spiral curls to one side and the hair in front backcombed to within an inch of its life and sculpted into an asymmetric shape, with what seemed like an entire large can of hairspray and more hairpins that you can shake a stick at.

Then it was downstairs to be made up, over to the photographer's studio in the next street, much debate about whether I should keep on my leather jacket, then much posing, pouting and exuding. The pics he showed me looked surprisingly good, although whether the salon will actually use them in publicity is another matter, considering that all the other models were around thirty years younger than me *g*.

It was rather fun, although the whole process took six hours. Six hours!! My hair has never had that much primping, even for my wedding :) It was rather fun, although it would be hellish to be a celebrity/model/actress and have to go through that all the time - my bum muscles had gone to sleep about half way through.

Sadly by the time I trekked back to the car through the rain my look had gone from 'dramatic' to 'drag queen hauled through a hedge backwards'. What works in the studio doesn't really translate as an everyday look, LOL, so rather than wander round the supermarket I headed home.

Back to the plain old ponytail tomorrow. Apparently I'll be getting a copy of the photos at some point, which should be interesting. It's amazing what professional photography can make you look like :)

Ten years!!

Thursday, 18 July 2013 14:33
mysteriousaliways: (Ali the Dancer)
Today is my 10-year LJ-versary. A whole decade since I set up my LJ account, I can hardly believe it's been all that time.

I've read innumerable fics; written a few myself; made some brilliant friends and met up with some of them at some wonderful weekends; had some extremely interesting discussions and discovered the existence of all sorts of bizarre kinks (Denial has been an education in itself *g*); discovered new fandoms; sympathised with the bereaved; sought advice; celebrated friends' achievements; waved virtual pom-poms to cheer on fellow writers and had lots of people cheerleading my own efforts; squeeed and perved and laughed together with you.

The best part of LJ is the friends I've made. You've helped me through some tough times, and contributed to some of the most fun times I've ever had. I know that if I ever need to talk, some of you are only a keyboard's distance away.

Whether I've met you in person or not, whether I chat to you frequently or once in a blue moon,

Thank you.

C'mon, group hug!!!
mysteriousaliways: (Freak of Nature)
When some types of hermaphroditic slugs mate, their penises twine together like a corkscrew. If they can't disentangle after mating, one of the slugs will chew off either its own or its partner's penis, leaving the 'apophallated' individual as a permanent female.

It's amazing what little nuggets of info you came across when you're researching!
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