Somehow I volunteered myself into doing coffees for a Breast Cancer Awareness breakfast at uni tomorrow. Two hours of frantic coffee-making interspersed with pancakes. I'm happy to get more practice and it's for a noble cause, but I'm under no delusions that this is anything but (yet another) method of procrastination.

Things To Procrastinate About

1. Literature review for generic-science subject. I've stopped counting the days it's officially overdue and gone onto how many days I have left to hand it in before they won't accept it. New method of counting current stands at 3.

2. [livejournal.com profile] femgenficathon project. This is really quite unforgivable. I didn't start writing it until about a month before the due date, and I can't find the will to fix the thing. My brain sees 5000 words of fic and goes 'no, too hard, move on'. Added to that is that the first draft had a plot and was relatively easy to write, while the reworked version is going to be reflective, and probably a lot shorter. I'm really not sure at all where the reworking will go. I've had this problem with other fics - there's 3000 words about Beruthiel on my hard-drive. I like those 3000 words. I would really like to post those 3000 words, but the fic's not finished and yet where it stops is a logical place to stop, although it's incomplete. It's been that long since I wrote the first 3000 words that I'm wary of finishing it off with a completely different writing style that shows the join between writing so clearly. I wonder if adding extensions to houses is like this. Maybe I have Fic Renovation Anxiety Syndrome.

3. Top Gear/Transformers crossover. I promise I've not forgotten it.



On the other hand, my reading list is coming along nicely:

40. Silverthorn
41. Master and Commander
42. Dawnthief
43. Post Captain
44. Warrior
45. Warlord
46. Mortal Engines
47. The Princess Bride
48. Prospero's Children
49. HMS Surprise

Now I've begin The Mauritius Command, which will take my list to #50 and thus complete [livejournal.com profile] 50bookchallenge! Huzzah! (Although there's a Temeraire novel in there somewhere as well, so I may have already completed it. It's getting hard to remember.)

Greetings, all! Would one of you guys be willing to beta my [community profile] femgenficathon entry? Pretty please?

Info for the knowing:

Title: Nightfall in Doriath
Fandom: The Silmarillion, during the Second Kinslaying
Characters: Nimloth, Dior, Celeborn, the sons of Feanor
Word count: just under 5200
Rating: PG-13 for character death and some violence.
Genre: Gen as per the rules of [community profile] femgenficathon, although I'd call this borderline gen.

EDIT: I've been reliably informed that the final date is the 1st of October, so that gives me a bit of breathing space. But I still need a beta!

The most important thing is that the last day this can be posted is the 1st of October, so quick replies would be for the best. I've read through the fic several times and I'm fairly sure the spelling and grammar are acceptable, but another pair of eyes never hurts. I mainly want to make sure that it flows properly and that the plot twists are understandable.

Thanks in advance!
As we speak, there is a carton of strawberries sitting in the fruitbowl.

My entry for [community profile] femgenficathon is due two weeks from today.

So I have forbidden myself from eating any (more) of the former until I write the latter, or bash out a rough draft at least (which has the potential to end badly, because I am of the bordering-on-OCD edit-while-you-write persuasion).

Unstoppable force meets immovable object...

2.00AM

HAHA SUCCESS OF A SORT. AM APPROXIMATELY TWO-THIRDS OF THE WAY THROUGH AND ALREADY AT FIVE PAGES. STOPPING BECAUSE I'M FORGETTING HOW TO SPELL. EDIT IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE IT TAKES TOO MUCH EFFORT TO KEEP USING THE SHIFT KEY.

ARGH GOD THE EDITING IS GOING TO BE HELL.

BUT I GOT TO EAT MY GODDAMN STRAWBERRY. THANK YOU AND GOODNIGHT.
Apparently the lab isn't due until the 18th. This means that I must go over it and write it properly, since I can't use the last-minute-I-know-it-fails-but-at-least-it's-in excuse. Er... yay?

In other news, I have joined the [community profile] femgenficathon after reading through the masterlist for last year and 2006. Looks like fuuuuun. This is my quote, but I'm not sure what I'll do with it yet:

Traditions are the guideposts driven deep into our subconscious minds. The most powerful ones are those we can't even describe, aren't even aware of. -- Ellen Goodman.

My [profile] 50lyricsfanfic prompt table is sadly languishing, however. I haven't written anything for weeks, which I blame on [community profile] fandomsecrets, [community profile] fanficrants, uni, my lack of private computer (soon to be remedied! eee!) and the muses. In that order. I have been reading a lot of things, however. My [profile] 50bookchallenge list now has:

29. Daughters of Britannia: the lives and times of diplomatic wives by Katie Hickman
30.  The Gunslinger by Steven King
31. The Drawing of the Three by Steven King

...yes, it's that series. I'm enjoying it, though, even if I'm halfway through Brilliance Of The Moon and haven't touched it for a week. When I've finished them, I'll start on James Barclay. Or the Soldier Son trilogy. Or the Aubrey books. Or whatever book I happen to pick up next. :P

Mmm... it's raining, and my fingers smell like mandarins. Why does lj have a current music but not a current smell option? That would be interesting, and thought-provoking. Hmm.

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