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December 26th, 2012

11:43 am - Holidays
Dear Santa,

It's okay that you didn't leave any presents for me. Gods know I'm used to it by now.

However, I hope that you left an extra life or two in Spitha's stocking, so she'll get to whine and smack the youngins for another year.

Thank you.

And, to everyone else, a belated Fleas Navidad! (Yes, THAT's how we're spelling it here).
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: cats complaining

(2 purrs pet a kitten)

November 6th, 2012

09:43 am - Still not dead
Yeap. Still here. However.

- This seems to be the year of head injuries, like a couple of years ago I kept hurting the same wrist. Nothing major this time, although I still get vertigo at odd times. And this does wonders with my eye-straining. I can't sit on the computer for long, watch TV, go to the movies or drive. And I REALLY need to go to IKEA sometime soon. The rascals have left me few cups and mugs to drink from. (And yes, I know I can get those elsewhere, but there were some designs I really liked there...). Oh well.

- Spitha might not have cancer after all. In a moment of despair inspiration I gave her a remedy for abscesses, and that damned tumor opened up and emptied a ton of disgusting stuff. It's not healed yet, but I'm hopeful. Of course, this might have been resolved sooner, if that darned cat cooperated to be taken to and examined by the vet. *fumes*

- Sold two more stories, but those were both written last year (more on that later). My 2012 wordcount in total is pathetically low, and I didn't even log into the NaNo site this year.

- My connection woes proved to be due to the apartment's wiring. There's only one telephone outlet that works now, and I need to get the electrician here to replace the rest. Well, I guess I didn't *have* to eat this month... *grunt*

However, today, my biggest frustration is that I want to vote for Obama and I can't because I'm European.
Current Mood: tiredtired

(9 purrs pet a kitten)

September 18th, 2012

07:48 pm - Look what the cats dragged in
Well. I'm not dead. Not yet, anyway, despite the Universe's attempts. Here's a quick list of what happened since I last posted:

- Head injury back in May, that decided to have complications slowly and steadily since then.

- Sudden and lingering computer death. Getting parts to fix it almost impossible. And now my new-ish laptop is rarely on speaking terms with my router.

- My Spitha has breast cancer. Well, since she's impossible to let the vet examine her, that's what I'm assuming her tumor is. So we're trying our best, and so far is normal. Save for that damned tumor.

On the brighter side:

- My nephew was born about ten days ago, and he's perfect and gorgeous.

- The rest of the cats are fine. Save for Mr. Kitten, but that's no new.

- I had two short story sales, and I'll post about them in detail later (assuming this old junk cooperates). And considering I wrote only three stories this year so far, well, that's a good ratio. *headdesk* And those are "What now, Callisthenes" to the Triangulation: Morning After anthology (already available), and "Ouroboros" to the feminist SF anthology due Spring 2013 "The Other Half of the Sky." More on both later.

More hopefully later. Now the Feline Overlords demand to be fed.
Current Mood: tiredtired

(15 purrs pet a kitten)

June 5th, 2012

04:32 pm - Lolcat of the day
funny pictures - Happy National Hug Your Cat Day!
see more Lolcats and funny pictures, and check out our Socially Awkward Penguin lolz!
Current Mood: boredbored

(1 purr pet a kitten)

May 31st, 2012

05:24 pm - Even Moar Lolcats
funny pictures - Animal Capshunz: I Just Can't Wait to be King
see more Lolcats and funny pictures, and check out our Socially Awkward Penguin lolz!
Current Mood: tiredtired

(pet a kitten)

04:52 pm - Moar Lolcats!
funny pictures - Cyoot Kittehs of teh Day: A Cuddle in the Grass
see more Lolcats and funny pictures, and check out our Socially Awkward Penguin lolz!

(5 purrs pet a kitten)

May 30th, 2012

06:31 pm - Lolcat of the day
funny pictures - Lolcats: Q:  What do you get when you cross a tribble with a piranha?
see more Lolcats and funny pictures, and check out our Socially Awkward Penguin lolz!
Current Mood: tiredtired

(10 purrs pet a kitten)

May 16th, 2012

07:18 pm - ...and the cat came back
I'm alive. Sort of. Lots of time sick, sick pets, computer issues and many RL sucks.

Meanwhile, the Avengers movie is pulling me slowly but steadily back into fandom again. My brain keep getting snippets of never-will-be-written-epics, like: 

The Avengers, the UK version.

 - I have an army.

 - We have a Time Lord.

 ... and a cunning plan. (Blackadder FTW!)

 (Throw in Harry Potter Severus Snape, Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, and there you have it).

Someone needs to write that yesterday.

Current Mood: tiredtired

(5 purrs pet a kitten)

March 29th, 2012

04:13 pm - heh
This is SO typically gingercat-ish...

funny cat pictures - Lolcats: ...and this is why
see more Lolcats and funny pictures, and check out our Socially Awkward Penguin lolz!
Current Mood: amusedamused

(6 purrs pet a kitten)

March 19th, 2012

04:40 pm - Squee? (Or Squeak?)
I woke up from my afternoon nap with a stupid vertigo. I really need to start on some edits, but every time I try to move my head the room goes for a spin. *grunt*

On other news, Mrs. Blue Lovebird has two eggs. I'm fairly sure they are not fertile, 99% positive on her first one, but it's a start.

I also got my old cage from my old place to clean up and set the other four budgies, where I can attach two nests at opposite sides for each pair. Hopefully I'll have good news from that too.

Last but not least, one of Mr. and Mrs Budgie's eggs hatched! I heard chirping from the nest this morning, and the chip-chip came from *inside* one of the eggs. There were some cracks on the shell, but after a couple of hours nothing, just the chip-chip. Panicked, I called a friend with more experience with bird breeding, and she told me to help the baby out, so it wouldn't suffocate. The lungs need to be able to expand after a certain pont, and being tucked inside a shell doesn't help. REALLY freaked out, I did so, and the little one, almost ten hours later, is still okay. Its parents haven't fed it yet, so I'll wait and see it I'll have to give it a few drops myself.

*fingers crossed for the little one*
Current Mood: worriedworried

(3 purrs pet a kitten)

March 14th, 2012

05:55 pm - A Cool Review of the Arcane #2 Anthology

I just stumbled upon a nice review of the Arcane #2 Anthology, which has nice things to say about my story “Lady of the Crossroads”:

“…Love the Greek mythos, and how the author weaved the clash of the sexes without it coming off as man-hating. And an excellent ending to wrap things up.”


I’d like to add that the protagonist in this story is an old, blind grandma who kicks ass because of her choices and not, say, a tall redhead in chainmail bikini armor wielding a big phallic sword.

…and it’s nice to NOT be called a ‘feminazi’ for a change… *sigh*

Mirrored from Christine Lucas.

(7 purrs pet a kitten)

March 13th, 2012

06:25 pm - Birdie news
Mrs. Budgie is sitting on five eggs. Mr. Budgie is very proudly preening himself and feeding her, while still trying to, ahem, get intimate. I don't know if those eggs are fertile yet, but if there's going to be any hatching, it should start sometime between the 15th and the 20th.

Mrs. Blue Lovebird has an egg too. I doubt it's fertile, but Mr. Lovebird and Mrs. Green Lovebird take turns feeding her. I hope there will be good news at the end of the month here too.

I've contacted a friend of mine who has experience with breeding birds, and I got some tips, so hopefully there will be a better outcome this time. *fingers crossed*
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful

(6 purrs pet a kitten)

08:32 am - *purr*
cute animals - Daily Squee: Two Kitties Down!
see more Lolcats and funny pictures, and check out our Socially Awkward Penguin lolz!
Current Mood: amusedamused

(8 purrs pet a kitten)

March 11th, 2012

06:03 pm - State of the Writer

Writing-wise, the past week has been good. I submitted one story, and wrote two, none of which currently in submittable state, but hopefully I’ll have enough feedback mid-week to send at least one out.

Also, today I flashed, after a long time, over at Liberty Hall. I had forgotten how much fun flashing is, especially when the Muse comes up with something unexpected. (While the Mews are totally predictable and *whinewhimpercomplain* the entire time I’m trying to write). And I really like the little story I produced. It’s highly unlikely it will remain at flash length (very few stories of mine do), but I like it anyway.

On the other hand, writing has been extremely frustrating in the last year. For starters, I haven’t sold anything in the last six months or so. This is, for the most part, due to the fact that I haven’t been writing many stories up to a submittable stage. And then, most of what I have out is still with the editors, who take forever to get back to me.

Only adding to my frustration is the fact that, of all the stories I sold last year, only two have seen print. The others are still waiting publication. For some, like ASIM and the Quiet Shelter There anthology, I knew that they wouldn’t be out until Summer 2012. Others, like Warrior Wisewoman #4, have encountered financial issues. Others, I have no idea where they’re at.

It’s not a money issue for me. Well, at least not *just* a money issue. I just feel that the initial joy of getting that acceptance letter got flushed down the drain by circumstances beyond my control.

I’m guessing that the best cure for this is to write more. Send more stories out. Balance the scales over these “unfortunate” stories. But there are times when this is getting very, very hard.

Mirrored from Christine Lucas.

(2 purrs pet a kitten)

March 8th, 2012

05:49 pm - Argh!
Honestly. If I get one more critter asking "who's this guy Apollo, again?" I'm going to release the Kra-kittens.

Current Mood: annoyedannoyed

(6 purrs pet a kitten)

March 2nd, 2012

06:52 pm - Weekend at the Gates and Kittehs on my Lap
Thankfully, Mister Kitten came home alive, sans one tooth. Poor guy had trouble recovering from the whole ordeal, spent the night glued on me, barfed on my covers, and spent today glued on the heater. He's extra cranky, but he washed his whiskers and ate some food. What was alarming, is the fact that his teeth were not decayed, as I had thought at first. Forsome reason, they seem to be sensitive and his whole jaw hurts. And that will make treatment tricky.

Little Castrato's eye is almost back to normal. *relieved sigh*

Meanwhile, over at OWW, my story "The Drowned Man's Kiss" is one of this month' Editor Choices. OWW's resident editor C.C. Finlay has added his thought to the already awesome feedback I've received, and he had good things to say too. :)

Writing-wise, today I'm too tired from all the recent kitteh issues to do anything, and tomorrow I have classes in the morning and a gathering I need to be at in the evening. On Sunday, though, I REALLY need to edit my mermaid story and send it out, because Monday-Tuesday I'll have to rework another story for a local contest, the deadline being on Wednesday. *freaks out* Where did time go? *checks litterboxes* Oh, there it is.

Current Mood: tiredtired

(8 purrs pet a kitten)

March 1st, 2012

07:52 am - More kittehs woes
Little Castrato is doing better.

On the other hand, I have to take Mister Kitten for his dental work, because poor guy can't eat at all. He's just licking leftovers and cream. However, last time he was at the vet's he had a heart attack.

So, today, he'll either come home sans teeth or dead.

Current Mood: worriedworried

(4 purrs pet a kitten)

February 27th, 2012

09:12 pm - Good News?
Little Castrato is somewhat better. Giving him eye drops proved to be close to impossible, but the remedy I gave him earlier today seems to be working. The tears stopped (seriously, have you seen a cat "cry"? There were puddles wherever he napped), he can open the lids now and it seems that the pain has lessened. He's eating and purring, instead of looking absolutely miserable by the heater.

And I hope he keeps getting better...
Current Mood: tiredtired

(6 purrs pet a kitten)

February 26th, 2012

04:57 pm - Wut?
Can anyone access Liberty Hall?

The one Sunday I have time to participate in a FC, the site goes down...

(2 purrs pet a kitten)

08:23 am - Argh!
A couple of cat facts:

- A certain little rascal will be henceforth known as Miss Hissy Fit-ta. Guess why. :/

- Trying to give eyedrops to a kitten -> release the Kraken.

Little Castrato's eye is not doing well.
Cut for kitten ewCollapse )
so I hope he won't have to go through that.
Current Mood: tiredtired

(6 purrs pet a kitten)

February 23rd, 2012

08:17 am - Update of sorts
- The horde is more or less well. Little Castrato managed to get his eye scratched, but he seems to be healing. I'll take Fatima, my stray with the broken legs, to the vet today, to get the metal parts removed.

- My PC is home and safe. Thankfully it was just the PSU that kicked the bucket, and my HDs were safe and sound. *hugs PC* I've missed you, my baby!

- The house is a sty, but I've managed to finish that astupid story last night. Curse you, Second Person POV bug! In any case, said story is up at OWW now. *hinthintnudgenudge*

- Three day weekend ahead, including our version of Mardis Gras. If I manage to bring the house to non-stinking order today, I'll be able to catch up with my writing and critting over the weekend.

Of course, little Shorty has decided that the perfect place to nap is inside the bucket. He has no idea how close he's come to becoming a mop.

-off to do the dishes now....
Current Mood: boredbored

(4 purrs pet a kitten)

February 18th, 2012

07:56 pm - Argh
My desktop just died. I smelled something burning and I turned it off just in time. Now it won't power up again, and I'm guessing it the power thingy that might need replacing. *grunt* And I REALLY hope my hard drives haven't been damaged, because I didn't have time to save all my files recently. I hope that because there hasn't been a crash, and I shut it down normally, that my hard drives are fine.

And this had to happen on Saturday afternoon. *grunt* Now I've spent at least a couple of hours trying to get my laptop to connect, and it's not been easy.

Meanwhile, there have been two more deaths here: baby budgie didn't make it, and I found one of my lovebirds dead as well.

On top of everything, tomorrow is my birthday. Argh!

This year isn't off to a good start.
Current Mood: crushedcrushed

(8 purrs pet a kitten)

February 17th, 2012

04:59 pm - Squee? (Or Squeak?)
One of the budgies' egg is hatching. I just saw I tiny birdie peck its way out of the shell.

Fingers crossed that this one will make it. *worried*
Current Mood: worriedworried

(8 purrs pet a kitten)

February 10th, 2012

08:53 am - And something good, for a change
I'm sure that by now it's common knowledge that our government consists of useless idiots, with the exceptions very few and far between.

However, a bill went through parliament recently, regarding stray animals and housepets, that was surprisingly good. Of course, its first draft had been exceptionally bad, but thankfully the animal-related organizations caught up on that and there was much of media coverage, so they fixed it.

Some key points:

- Penalties (fines and prison time) went way up from the previous legislation, when it comes to animal abuse.

- Humane societies (the few we have) will be able to bring foreign vets to perform spray/neutering for free to stray populations. Some MPs, affiliated with the Veterinarian Society opposed this, but it passed anyway, and they can come and kiss my ex-stray cats' asses.

- Cat & Dog shows will no longer accept amputated animals. That was already in effect for declawed cats (which is pretty much unheard of here anyway) but now it extends to dogs with their ears and tails cut off.

- There's no limit to how many animals people can keep in their apartments, as long as basic hygiene is maintained and there's no abuse. Which, as you may guess, was the clause that interested me more. Now I can get the nets out and get kitten hunting! Okay, not, but still it's better than living in constant fear that some idiot will contact the authorities and your rescued animals will end up in the gas chamber.

Off to litterbox duties now...
Current Mood: blahblah

(18 purrs pet a kitten)

February 8th, 2012

06:57 pm - My boy Phrixus
Phrixus was born inside an abandoned car across my former home. when he was about a week old, the city came to impound said car, but thankfully a neighbor got the kittens out. When he was two weeks old, my Phrixus' mother abandoned her litter of two, after she was mangled by wild dogs. So I raised them with a bottle, temporarily housed at a neighbor's car shop. A couple of days before their potential new families would come to see them, I found little Phrixus, at six weeks of age with a hernia bigger than his head. Someone had kicked the little guy.

Phrixus passed away this passed Saturday. I guess he lived twelve years of borrowed time. Almost to the end, his buddy Lugh was cuddling with him. That them below, with my big boy Phrixus napping on his favorite spot: his buddy Lugh, in the company of one of the Purrilde sisters.

I already miss him. A couple of months ago he was fine, smacking the kittens and cuddling with Lugh and the girls. And in less than two months he just wasted away.

Current Mood: crushedcrushed

(32 purrs pet a kitten)

February 4th, 2012

09:09 am - Raised by wolves?
Is this a warg? Are Siamese kittens *really* the spawn of Mordor, as Tolkien has argued?

You decide. ;)

Wolfmother from Adam Bilsing on Vimeo.

(snatched from robling_t).
Current Mood: tiredtired

(9 purrs pet a kitten)

February 1st, 2012

09:16 am - *mumble*
It's snowing outside. In the center of Athens. And I need to go out to get Phrixus' meds.

It's not snowing hard enough to stick, and the sun keeps peeking from behind the clouds, but still. It's snowing. And certain rascals have gone bananas chasing snowflakes.

And *sob* my poor plants...
Current Mood: tiredtired

(6 purrs pet a kitten)

January 29th, 2012

10:06 am - Pic spam post
So, here's my new writing spot, in a corner of my mostly cat-free living room. I say mostly, because I sometimes let Mr. BlindKat hag around, since he leaves the birds alone (although that doesn't apply to the plants). *sigh* I'll take better photos once my camera gets charged.

But why are the mews gone? Collapse )

And, of course, the kitteh pics: Littul Lucretia (ginger) and her brother Castrato (white/ginger) are taking their roles as Muses (mewses) quite seriously and are always there to oversea my writing progress and drool on my keyboard.

Seriously CuteCollapse )

Yes, we SEE youCollapse )

Off to test my new desk nao. ;)

Current Mood: tiredtired

(19 purrs pet a kitten)

January 27th, 2012

06:25 pm - *sigh*
- Apparently, we're going to freeze here over the coming week. temperatures will average around 0C, and I'm worried sick for my poor stray cats. My indoor brats are, of course, going to be crankier than ever, since I won't let them out. Unless it snows (and it probably will), so I might let them get a taste of where they'd be. *mumble*

- My poor plants. Last time it snowed, I lost more than half of my flowers. *sob*

- My boy Phrixus is sick. At one point, I thought I'd lose him today, because he had trouble breathing. A couple of remedies later his breathing went back to normal, but he's still very weak, very thin - practically fur and bones. (Of course, that doesn't stop him from spraying his favorite spot on my bedroom wall). The vet is, naturally clueless, since his bloodwork came back normal, so his suggestion was to force-feed him. Duh. 

- More sick kittehs: Fatima (formerly know as Beba), my stray cripplecat had surgery to remove the screws from her broken knee, and we'll go back in two weeks for her hip. She's walking around now, but her knee will be permanently crooked. O yay. :( My other cripplecat, Esmeralda, got sprayed, and little Lucy (the kitteh who fell six floors down last year) has a stomach bug and I have to follow her around with the mop. Fun times. Not.

- Not much writing done over the last ten days or so. Not just because of sick kittehs. I had to move m writing space to somewhere I can actually concentrate without cats around. It took a trip to IKEA, two afternoons of furniture assembling and gratuitous swearing because they packed the wrong screws AGAIN, some improvising with leftover screws from previous items, but at last I have my own cozy corner in my cat-free living-room (photos to follow). Of course, I don't need the cats to mess things up. I tipped over the bucket and spilled half of the water onto my new rug. Que several towels to absorb the spill (because no wy in hell I'd pull it from under my new desk, chair and bookcase and a heating panel to dry it up. Oh well. At least it's tidy and fully functional now. Which does not apply to the rest of the house.

Off to go feed my poor Phrixus again.
Current Mood: tiredtired

(3 purrs pet a kitten)

January 19th, 2012

07:07 pm - The Muse and the Mews
Little Shorty (Stumbos in Greek) is currently on my lap while I'm trying to finish that darned story. He is, of course, purring at road construction level. What do you think this purring can mean?

a. You saved me from the gutter and certain death! I love you, Mommy!

b. You saved me from the gutter and certain death! Now it's your DUTY to pet and cuddle me and give me noms and pet me again, until the End of Days! (Yours, not mine. I have nine lives. NEENER, NEENER.)

...yeah, I'm pretty sure it's #b.

Current Mood: tiredtired

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