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Ack. Officially 21 years of age now. :/ There's a scary thought. But I had lots of lovely messages from YOU PEOPLE (*divehugglomp* Thankyouuu!) and Facebook people, and Email people, and Text people, and In-Person people too.

So, day started off with Ninja Post-its on the wall outside my door. Plus a blue-tacked Jack 'n' Ianto picture from [ profile] shadowbyrd, of a scene from one of my fics. XD Win. Then we had pancakes for breakfast. And then we made butterfly cakes, which involved me mixing up some nice green buttercream icing stuffs, of a lovely consistency and pastel colour. Vanilla essence makes it taste heavenly, too. (: And I unwrapped my lovely fan-themed, Doctor-Who-wrapped presents from [ profile] shadowbyrd. (Man From UNCLE book, Flash Gordon DVD, Japanesey doll.) Left my other cards for after uni, 'cause we then had to go in for our induction session. (And give Laura some elf ears, modelled here by [ profile] shadowbyrd in her elfin outfit.)

And after I got hacked off with that, and finding out my prose tutor this year is the one who's a bit of an anti-fantasy man (among other things preying on me :/) we went round town and I bought, for example, Dexter season 2 on DVD. Which cheered me up a tad.

And then she said her feet were hurting (she *was* wearing her beautiful but agonising previously-unworn high-heeled things) so we headed back to the flat.

And she walked me straight into an EPIC Surprise Party of Awesomeness!

So, while I stood there like a prat, going, "Er... wasnotexpecting..." she wandered back off out, saying she'd be back in a minute.

At which point I managed to burst into tears. (Joy, I assure you. Well. You know. The old, "Has always wanted Surprise!Party and thought no-one ever would and was convincing self that it'd be three of us chatting for half an hour or so whenever Laura brought round my specially baked cake. THIS IS AWESOME AND I LOVE YOU ALL!" sort of tears.) Just about had that under control (with the help of group hug from everyone) and then [ profile] shadowbyrd walks back in, trailing a [ profile] ranamag, who'd driven an hour to come join and then snuck around hiding outside while we walked in.

There may have been leaping-over-chairs-ninja-attack-glompage.

Then followed many hours of copious shovelling of party food, Time Warping, Robot-dancing, Pass-the-Parcel with rather brilliant forfeits (catwalk poses, face-pulling, Wizards' Duel and warpaint with Attack Balloons included here), singing, further dancing, pin-the-tail-on-the-dragon, the chocolate game (don't tell me you've never played it!), Fluffy Bunnies (my title, I retain it!), yet more dancing, a Super Smash Brothers melee or six (Gamecube. I even won two, much to the astonishment of the boys. "Not bad for a girl!"), and the obligatory all-the-candles-out-in-one-breath moment.

(: I love my friends. Lovelovelove.

And I'm off to London with [ profile] shadowbyrd at some awfully early time of the morning tomorrow to see Wicked again. (:

Is good, ya?
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Well, there goes another one. I think I saw everyone I expected to be here (except for one, but I just checked and thou wast not present, I see) and I got to quite a few cool things. (Thriller Dance World Record Attempt, anyone? (Vid is one of the practices!) Shoulder step, nothing step, shoulder step, shoulder step!)

Parade also very fun. Somehow I ended up carrying one of the banners for the Doctor Who group, but I still managed to show off my t-shirt plenty, and had lots and lots of yells of support and photos taken all day.

This was the costume. (: The shirt says "Save Eyecandy Jones". I thought it appropriate. Many people agreed. XD

Anywho. Camera's freaking out, so I've only got the first 200 or so pictures I took, rather than the full 300ish. The others will have to wait. I've uploaded some to my Photobucket for the moment. (:

So yeah, good time had by all, though occasionally a bit quiet and occasionally a bit and-now-where-should-I-go? Fun to play Werewolf again, though. And I may have slightly bought a ridiculous amount of t-shirts. :/ Oops.

Home on Wednesday/Thursday, then uni on Sunday. Joy!
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Arrived, in hotel, becloaked. (: All good!
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  • owes you beautiful people a lot of comment replies
  • has been to the doctor's and was not examined (at all) but apparently is fine, based on the patented One Look Diagnosis
  • has been mentally hiding in her shell for ... er ... well, anywhere from a week upwards really. When was I last on here?
  • is liking Jantolution at the moment, and hoping you do too
  • is gone to DragonCon for a week, not that there'll be a noticeable difference in activity. (But I am taking my laptop and know where there is free Wifi, so, perhaps...)
Anyway. If you're going to be at DragonCon, I will be making every effort to get to the Thriller world record attempt, and most of you know what I look like by now. See you then. ^_^' If not, I hope you have a good week, best of luck with everything, and see you soon.
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Right! Guys, seriously, thank you all for the concern, well wishes, suggestions and hugs. That helped a lot with the nerves. ^_^'

According to my eye test I'm in perfect health. (And have 24/12 vision - what's that? Is that better than 20/20 or what? Wikipedia cannot answer me!) So it's not a fault they can detect. And Mr Optician Man says the most likely cause of the blindness is a plain and simple migraine, though the causes of that could be just about anything and I should go see my Doctor.


Sorry, unintentional capitalisation there. XD

Anyway. I'm not panicking now, and it's nice to have it confirmed (particularly for my mum, who's been nagging fussing concerned about the possibility of my needing glasses) that my eyesight is fine.

So, next up is a trip to the doctor's. Could still be a vein thing, I guess, but photos of my eyes showed nothing at the back there, so it'd have to be further out. My dear [ profile] ranamag, who is a med student, I hasten to add, reassuringly says it's not likely to be a brain tumour (honestly, I didn't really think that, but I always consider the worst case...) either, since that'd be degenerative symptoms rather than off-'n'-on. (: Jolly good.

Yes. Right. Thank you for the concern. *hugs back* I'll keep you posted of any further developments.

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Mes cheris, how are you all? Myself, I'm a little nervous. See, I kind of went (temporarily) blind in one eye on Thursday morning.

And it's not the first time recently.

Okay, in more detail:

Since July 10th I've been doing a lot of gardening. Couple of weeks ago, after I'd spent the day digging up some particularly pesky bushes by the roots, I got a bit of a headache in the evening, and a small blind spot in my left eye... which spread to cover my whole left eye in about twenty minutes. We put it down to overexertion bringing on a migraine, and off I went to bed, even going so far as to take some paracetamol (cue gasps - I avoid medication at almost any cost). Was more or less fine the next day, avoided computer screen, TV and books. (Woe.)

And then on Thursday morning the blind spot came back, took out my left eye again, set up some pressure-pain in the right of my brain, and went away again after I'd gone back to bed for an hour. Aside from getting up early, I hadn't done anything out of the ordinary...

Right. So I have an eye test booked in town tomorrow (andIdonotwanttogo). Theories so far include simple migraine (based on: eye strain, some kind of dietary deficiency, or the fact that Mum keeps having the TV volume twice as loud as me and my brother need it), or a haemorrhage in the veins around the eye (or a clot, perhaps?), or some kind of fault in the eye itself.

Or, you know, a brain tumour.

Yeah, Lali has not been at all worried since those suggestions started rolling in. Anyone else have any thoughts?

The thing is, if it wasn't for Dara O'Briain's latest tour, in which he mentioned the top ten "symptoms you should not ignore" and was joking about the first being "sudden blindness" ("Seriously? Who ignores sudden blindness? Hey, guys, who turned out the lights? Ah, never mind, I'll be fine...") I probably would just have ignored the second one as a causeless migraine and not even bothered mentioning it to my Mum.


In other news, my Captain John Hart jacket has half of its braid on, looks not too bad.

And I will get to my many month-old comments soon, I promise.
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I've thought hard about this for a week, and I decided that since I already had 4500 words of this written, I should finish it. And that means I'm staying in fandom. Though probably quietly.

Fandom: Torchwood
Rating: PG-13
Pairings: Jack/Ianto
Word Count: 6354
Summary: Some things are out of Torchwood's league. They're about to tackle two in a day...

Prompt: Jantolution Challenge #21, Crackfic, Amnesia, Releasing A Single

Attention Seeking )
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*dances* And let it begin.

In theory, if I go and write fast, I'll be back before nine with my Jantolution. :/ I do rather want to put it up before Children of Earth, y'see. (Edit: Fail. ^^')

*takes a breath* And I'm still relatively unspoiled. I know... three things, aside from obvious casting stuff that was unavoidable. And I'm looking forward to finding out the rest. (:



Torchwood stuffs in Carlisle! Imagination Station - the comic book shop in the little alcove and up the stairs on Bank Street - has at least two of the official Torchwood mugs (fractionally cheaper than elsewhere) and a few back issues of the magazine. But not the latest magazine, because I bought it. ;)

And the Works, next to Natwest, has hardback copies of John's Anything Goes for £3.99...

Just to let you know, on the offchance you'll be passing by. (:

Tata for the moment.
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Ahem. Darlings, [ profile] tardis_bigbang has gone live with its second round. There are 45 stories, so I hear, all more than 20 thousand words long, and all with lots of lovely beautiful artwork.

So, generic plug for the lot of them and a specific plug for the one I beta-read. XD

Go read "Parallel" by Shadowbyrd!

'tis enjoyable and clever and well worth the time. Action! Danger! Romance! Of a sort! It'll make you laugh, it'll make you cry (or at least wince in sympathy), it'll change your life! You'll never look at slugs the same way again... ;)

Right, now I should actually go read a few of the others too. ;) Enjoy.
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Right. So. Lali hasn't been sleeping well recently. Lots of nightmares, including a variation on the old "giant spider on the pillow" one, in the form of "spider dropping towards your face from the ceiling". That kept me up a bit, looking for the blasted thing. Kept me awake longer than the giant robot hell bent on smashing my house down around my ears so it could get to me and kill me. (Torchwood made a brief appearance early on in that and were utterly ineffectual. Even in my dreams they can't achieve basic competence.) But not as bad as last night's combination of house-falling-down-with-me-in-it and SADAKO IS TRYING TO KILL YOU! (Yup, the creepy dead girl from The Ring. She had a go at strangling me while I tried to strangle her and the house fell over.) Which is never fun.

And I think I know why I've been stressy and fitful and having such lovely anxiety dreams and other random waking-up-at-three-in-the-morning stuffs, but never mind.

Anyway, the point is, I got up this morning in a hurry and went to evict Mum from the bathroom as soon as she was finished, with the fateful words, "Could we swap places, please, 'cause I'm about to keel over otherwise."

Mum managed to open the door, at which point I keeled over.

I should point out that this is the second time in my life I've ever fainted. The first time was... standing in the self same bathroom doorway. Then, I woke up on the floor with my head an inch or so from the bathroom scales, and a nosebleed. This time, for a little variety, I went in a different direction. Ie, headfirst into the landing window, apparently bashing my ribs on the windowsill, and collapsing on the stacks of books underneath.

Nothing bleeding, nothing broken, but my nose does hurt.

Gave Mum a hell of a fright, too. :/ She insists it was heat-induced and proceeded to steal my duvet and fling my window open so wide I'll have whole hordes of actual!spiders descending upon me tonight, never mind the hallucinatory ones.

Anyway. Torchwood's back on the radio next week, and on TV the week after, so the Radio Times promises me. It depresses me beyond belief that there haven't been lots and lots of adverts for either. :(
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Fandom: Torchwood
Rating: PG-13
Pairings: Jack/Ianto, Gwen/Rhys
Word Count: 2215
Summary: Ianto's used to waking up in odd situations, but this is one he really wasn't expecting...

Prompt: Jantolution Challenge #20, Spock, Cooking, Team Bonding

The Evening After )


May. 30th, 2009 03:26 pm
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*repeated woeful headdesk*

I avoid spoilers for so long and so diligently, and then, when I go looking for those lovely new Jack/Ianto pics, you had to say *that* in the comments?


): Honestly, first time online in days and this happens?

Didn't even find the pictures, either.


I'm off out to the sunshine. I have comments to reply to and fic to post and much other online stuff to do, but I trust not the internet (unless I'm wearing gloves. Which I'm not. Bonus points to anyone who gets the mangled quote).

Oh, and I have Dreamwidth invitations but that furore seems to be quiet now, I guess... Absinthefairy, you wanted one for your friend before I disappeared to Cornwall (I'll explain later), is that still the case?

*vanishes into the sunshine*


May. 4th, 2009 01:22 pm
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I received an invite this morning - but from a rather unexpected source. (: So thank you [ profile] smallwaldo. 'Tis very kind. ^_^

So yes, Laligin over on Dreamwidth is me, and as soon as I've eaten lunch I'll come back, reply to comments here, and stalk you lot over there if you exist there. ;)

Plus, although I have no idea how the invite system works, I shall valiantly give it a try if anyone here wants/needs an account there. (:

(Edit: Mind you, Dreamwidth's... pinkness is vaguely offputting. For some reason I find the blues of LJ easier on the eyes and much clearer to deal with. And the identical grey navigation bar at the top just seems a bit cheeky. Hm. I get the feeling unless there is absolute and complete exodus, I'm very very much staying here. Keep adding me, though. (: )


May. 3rd, 2009 05:27 pm
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Quickfic in case I don't get the chance later on...

Fandom: Torchwood
Rating: PG-13
Pairings: Jack/Ianto
Word Count: 330
Summary: Rift alerts are always inconvenient and for unexpected causes...

Prompt: Jantolution Challenge #19, Fluff, Midnight, Pikachu

Sparks )


Apr. 24th, 2009 05:46 pm
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Hello internets. Hello LJ. Hello people.

Yes, I'm still here. Missed my fic-a-week post last week. Sorry. Good thing the resolution was only for one a month. (And probably a good thing I missed it, recent quality considered. Further apologies.)

Anyway. Four Flavours to go, in any case. Jantolution at the moment is Fluff (and Midnight and Pikachu) so anything fluffy counts, and I shall find something appropriate for that. And I should really get Harkness PI up.

In other news, I have a random permanent post, because I'm feeling generous. It's stuck in the sidebar of my journal, beneath the Page Summary bit, and it's Friends-locked (cue gasps) but it's there to be used. Ask Me It's also tagged with "ask me" for practical purposes and "help me lali you are my only hope" because it amuses me. Go mad.

Also: Free Rice <-- This site donates rice to feed the hungry, based on how many questions you get right in its little quizzes. Default topic is English Vocabulary, with 60 levels. Without using dictionaries (online or otherwise), how many levels can you get to? I scraped up to 51. (: I'm sure many of you can beat me. (The English Grammar topic is also rather marvellously useful, and very very easy to get up to the highest level and stay there. Tell me you can do that too, dear all?)

*pokes internet* Yes. I feel the need to do nice things for people and since I fail with fanfic in that respect at the moment, this works better.

Now, where did those six "1 click a day to donate" buttons disappear to...?


Apr. 10th, 2009 09:45 pm
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An itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot fic... ini? For Jantolution, anyway, because at 8pm I scrapped everything I had because it got far too interesting and wouldn't stop and wasn't altogether keen on a happy ending. (It involves some dangling upside down from industrial chains. Keep an eye out. I have fanfic100 to get to as soon as the Flavours are done...)

So. Three prompts, 300 words. Sorry about that. I think I'm stuck in Flavours mode.

Fandom: Torchwood
Rating: PG
Pairings: Jack/Ianto (implied)
Word Count: 300
Summary: It's amazing how these things catch on...

Prompt: Jantolution Challenge #18, Fairy Tale, Unexpected, Secrets Revealed

Relics )
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I have four of my Thirty (one) Flavours of Torchwood left to do, Jantolution fic to post tomorrow, a birthday party to go to tomorrow evening, a friend on the train on the way home (no wait, he's just got in and signed onto MSN) after spending the day here (The Boat That Rocked is sweet and funny), train tickets to York for Saturday through to Tuesday, rainbow badges on my coat, Doctorin' The Tardis on my Media Player, and the 17th of April circled in my diary. (:

Life, dear friends, is good.

Also, while I was back at home (which all went not quite as well as I'd hoped, but no worse than I'd expected, and improved in stages with much discussion. And chocolate cake and wine) I discovered... that most of the photos I thought I'd lost with my old laptop SURVIVE on the home PC! So I have uploaded lots to Photobucket (I didn't get a chance to grab the sand ships, [ profile] shadowbyrd, but next time I'm back...). Including Manchester's Collectormania last year, with Kai Owen, Anthony Lewis, Siobhan Hewlett, and [ profile] ranamag! :P

Joyful. Now I just need to sort all those pics into the right places and I can link. ^_^'

*waltzes* And Human by the Killers played randomly in the McDonald's we stopped in for lunch today. ^_^ Heee.
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I'm trying to do about four things at once here.

Emails, Hub/London report, packing for home tomorrow, MSN, and now another LJ update...


Still. It's been more than two weeks since the Hub finished, and I am still bouncing, as those of you who've spoken to me on MSN or in person will attest.


Doctor Who-ooh, hey! Doctor Who! Doctor Who-ooh, hey! The TARDIS!

Ahem. Yes. And all my lectures for this year are done, so it's down to me to work from this point on. Fortunately I have lots of things to enjoy in and around all that. (:

Right. Yes. Home tomorrow. Wish me luck, dear friendslist...

(Edit to add: By the way, I exist on Twitter. Laligin, naturally. Feel free to come find me, should you so wish. I don't use it much, though.

Edit also: Oops. I failed my One Reality Post A Week resolution. Though the fic continues, and I don't seem to care. ^_^')