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Quick update for my post: 38, female, Swiss πŸ‡¨πŸ‡­ , ace-aro :heart_ace: (aegosexual), fandom old. Writer, vidder, giffer. Currently mainly into but also lots of other fandoms (mostly tv).

Came here after seeing posts on fandom-after-tumblr - really enjoying this place, especially because I never did fandom twitter.
I'm shirasade pretty much everywhere else - :dw: :tumblr: :ao3: :pillowfort: also Hubzilla (, previously LJ (deleted).

Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist is such a great show, but oh wow, my heart hurts, what with that theme of dead and dying fathers. Never fails to make me cry, no matter how many years it's been (almost 8).
I was quite proud of my Xicheng vid for Fandom for Australia - except I just noticed while watching another vid that I missed at least one actual interaction, so now I'm just annoyed with myself! (Not using clips from the Gusu era was a choice, but that scene came later & would have been perfect. Ugh!)

Turns out the problem were the Chinese characters - once I used only English, I managed to create all my blends without issue. Now begins the waiting for the samples, so I can taste test before I'll make them public.
I spent a LOT of time thinking about which ingredients to use for each character, now they only need to taste good, too! :)

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What I've been doing this morning: Playing with the custom blend feature on Adagio, making teas for all the characters (SID crew, plus Ye Zun & BCE) - picking ingredients that fit them and making some basic graphics for the packaging.
It was great fun, although I wasn't able to actually save the results because of a bug. But I'll absolutely create that collection once it works again - I won't make it public, though, until I've tested my blends.

It's similar to finding a fic whose description and tags sound utterly perfect for you - only for it to turn out to be unreadable.

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That rollercoaster of emotion when you find a tiny fandom on AO3 with the number (20) behind it - and then it turns out not a single fic is in a language you actually understand. The elation! The heartbreak!

I've been thinking of this quote quite a bit recently:
β€œI heard a preacher say recently that hope is a revolutionary patience; let me add that so is being a writer. Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don't give up.”
― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

LJ friends recommended that book to me back when I had my first bout of depression. It was so much more than a writing manual to me.

"The world is not going to be saved by individual acts of virtue; it’s going to be saved, if it is to be saved, by collective acts of social and political change."

"To make personal changes is to do too little. Only great movements, only collective action can save us now."

- Rebecca Solnit

I dreamed an actual soulmates AU, and now I can't remember anything except that it wasn't the usual "marks/words on your body" thing. This irritates me - why does my brain provide me with fic fodder and then take it away? Mean brain, mean! :)

@phyrry I got a comment from you on my recs blog about Hubzilla, but I can't reply to it. Not quite sure what happened.

Nice moment of the day: our biggest national organisation for seniors is teaming up with the biggest supermarket chain.
They created an app where you can sign up, tell them where you live, and they'll pair you with elderly people who need shopping done, giving them a layer of security. It'll be rolled out nation-wide in the next couple of days.
I'd already emailed the local chapter 2 weeks ago, offering my help, but at that time they had enough volunteers. So naturally I signed up.

Being a ridiculous introvert has definite advantages these days - I don't actually mind the lack of personal contact.
I've got some friends with whom I chat more, and I'm watching 2 episodes of Buffy every evening with a friend in Germany. Also, as long as I'm allowed to, I'm walking into work for a couple of hours every day, pick up the mail and stuff. The weather's gorgeous, so those 5k feel really lovely. And I've dusted off my aerobics dvds instead of going to the gym. So far so good...

Gender survey 2020 - open to everyone who doesn't neatly fit into the gender binary:

There's a London premiere for the Miss Fisher movie on March 30. For a moment I was seriously bummed bc I'd love to go (and I haven't been in London for a while) - and then I realised that in all likelihood it'll be canceled, considering how things are going. (They closed all theatres, restaurants, ski areas etc. in Ticino, the Swiss canton bordering on Italy - I assume it's only a matter of time until it'll be all of Switzerland.)

Oh boy. Because I didn't make it to the gym yesterday (spent the morning moving storage rooms at work), I decided I should go for a jog today. BIG mistake. It's quite cold, but apparently not cold enough for the stupid pollen. πŸ™ˆ Halfway through my chest started tightening, and now I'm back home, used my asthma spray and am currently coughing my ass off. Good thing that didn't start outside or people would have thought I need to go into quarantine...

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Valinor (Let Me Go) [VID], by Aria – The Lord of the Rings – All Media Types [Archive of Our Own]
Maybe this is a test.

Source: Valinor (Let Me Go) [VID], by Aria - The Lord of the Rings - All Media Types [Archive of Our Own]

Breathtakingly beautiful vid celebrating all the hard choices and goodbyes.

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a love that won’t sit still [VID], by Aria – ι™ˆζƒ…δ»€ | The Untamed (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
But you had to come along didn't you / rev up the crowd, rewrite the rule book

Source: a love that won't sit still [VID], by Aria - ι™ˆζƒ…δ»€ | The Untamed (TV) [Archive of Our Own]

The song alone (Stray Italian Greyhou

They canceled Basel Fasnacht (carnival) bc of the corona virus.

You have no idea how big of a deal this is - we call it the three most beautiful days of the year, and last time they canceled it was in 1986 after an accident in a chemical plant. Even people who're not into it are at a complete loss, as most businesses would be closed. So no one knows how this will play out, esp. bc "FasnΓ€chtler" are a stubborn sort. :)

Shuffle surprise: I forgot how much I like Tori Amos. Should really check out what she's been releasing in the last few years.

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