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Chapter Five
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Chapter Four
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Chapter Three
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Chapter Two
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So after being MIA for ages I randomly return with a long fic. I started this ages ago and stalled out, and when I reread it recently I really loved it so actually finished it.

Title: Out for the Season (Or, How Kissing Jim Kirk Made Hikaru Gay – For Someone Else)
Author: cordelianne
Fandom: Star Trek XI/XII
Pairing(s): Chekov/Sulu with some Kirk/Sulu and Kirk/McCoy
Rating: Mature
Word count: ~22,600
Disclaimer: Sadly not mine, in any way.
Summary: High School AU. Hikaru’s parents think getting him a foreign exchange student will be a great idea. Hikaru thinks otherwise.
Warning: Jim Kirk is a sneaky scene stealer.
Notes: Undying thanks to savoytruffle for her invaluable beta and brilliant title… especially since Chekov/Sulu isn’t really her thing.
This fic is complete and posted in 5 chapters.

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I feel it's only appropriate that I break my accidental LJ silence (oops, hi everyone!) with talk of the new Star Trek.

Since it'll be spoilery, I'd better put it behind a cut: My overall positive reaction to Star Trek Into DarknessCollapse )

So I'm now pondering a Scotty & Chekov fic, and trying to come up with ideas for a Kirk/Sulu fic. If anyone has any ideas let me know!

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In the wake of the depressing news of Amendment 1 passing in North Carolina (my sympathies to everyone who fought and voted against it), it's nice to have some cheery news. And we have that from none other than the President himself. Sometimes I just love Obama SO MUCH:
Obama announces official support of same-sex marriage!
[A]t a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married. - Barack Obama

Also, I love this video (thanks to spikedluv for posting this) which nicely states that the North Carolina Amendment asks the wrong question and avoids the fact that this takes away rights from many people:
The beautiful words of Reverend Dr. William J. Barber
However you feel about same sex marriage, religiously or personally, or morally, you can be for or against, you should always be against division and hatred, and discrimination being written into the Constitution. - Reverend Dr. William J. Barber

Wonderful children's author, Maurice Sendak, passed away and this is a lovely remembrance of his accomplishments:
And he sailed off through night and day and in and out of weeks and almost over a year to where the wild things are.
Roundly praised, intermittently censored and occasionally eaten, Mr. Sendak’s books were essential ingredients of childhood for the generation born after 1960 or thereabouts, and in turn for their children. - Margalit Fox

Want some library porn? The 25 most beautiful public libraries in the world.

This past weekend, I was in Philadelphia where I managed to eat lots of good food, see many awesome sites (historical and the Van Gogh Up Close exhibit) AND still have time to see the Avengers twice. It's possible I loved it! So to close up my mini linkspam, a thank you letter from Joss to his fans:
Aw, Joss, you are a delightful sap and silly dude!
So this is me, saying thank you. All of you. You've taken as much guff for loving my work as I have for over-writing it, and you deserve, in this our time of streaming into the main, to crow. To glow. To crow and go "I told you so", to those Joe Blows not in the know. (LAST time I hire Dr. Seuss to punch my posts up. Yeesh!) Point being, you deserve some honor, AND you deserves some FAQs answered. - Joss Whedon
FYI: He does say he's working on a sequel to Dr. Horrible!

Okay, Cordelianne over and out!

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Hello all! It's been waaaaaaaaaay too long since I've posted here! I decided the only way to fix this is just to dive back in. I have been keeping on with your posts, but have been kinda lurky (I'm sorry!).

Updates on the life of Cordelianne:

  • I finally have a job! In my field! I'm working as a part-time Librarian in the Children's Department at a public library (my ideal library job, well, maybe except for the low pay and minimal hours!). I admit that the lengthy job search proved often depressing, frustrating, and stressful. However, it wasn't all bad....

  • Since the summer, Camisha and I have basically been living together! Things are going really well and we're very happy. We're in State College together (where Camisha's at Penn State finishing her PhD), and my job is at the local public library. The lovely Camisha deserves much credit because during my search for work, she was kindly supporting me. And in more good news...

  • We have started taking steps towards me getting pregnant. We're still in the preparation process but I can assure people I will post any good news related to this!

  • I am really missing my friends and family back in Toronto. I am doing a pretty good job of keeping in touch via email and Skype. But I still really miss them. I am getting to know more people in State College, though, which is nice.

  • I continue to be a pop culture and TV fiend, and am watching too much TV (I can't keep up with it all!). I'm loving The Good Wife, Community, The Vampire Diaries, Raising Hope, The Middle, Happy Endings, Parks and Recreation, Cougar Town, Sherlock and probably a zillion other shows I've forgotten!

  • I've been seeing some movies I've loved: The Artist, This Means War, Pariah. I'm looking forward to The Hunger Games, The Avengers and wish that the new Star Trek was coming out this year.

  • I am still, very slowly (in stops and starts) working on my Sulu/Chekov high school AU that I started an embarrassingly long time ago. But I have so much written, I must finish!

  • Now that I'm done school I'm reading a lot more, especially lots of kids' lit. I'm really enjoying the kid adventure series, The 39 Clues, as well as adult fare like Tina Fey's Bossypants, and The Orphan Master's Son.

That's it for now! *hugs*

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Today is a sad day for Canadians, Torontonians and Jack Layton's family and friends. Early this morning, NDP leader and Canada's Official Opposition leader passed away from cancer at 61. Not only did he lead the left-leaning NDP to a strong opposition against the Conservative party earlier this year (the best results ever for the NDP), he was passionate, inspirational and well-loved by all (regardless of politics). My headline title was said by trailblazing early NDP leader, Tommy Douglas, who Jack Layton always quoted, and I am certain that Layton leaves a similar inspiring legacy.

I cried this morning and am very sad to hear of Jack Layton's passing. I remember voting for him as a Toronto city councilor many year ago and my respect for him continued throughout his career. He fought for the homeless, the environment, gay rights, and for all people without a voice. His passion and fighting spirit are inspirations to us all. My condolences to his family. We have all lost a great man.

In his final days, Layton wrote a letter which aimed to inspire us all (and I believe it has). His moving and inspiring last words:

My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.

All my very best,

Jack Layton

Rest in peace Jack Layton, I'm wearing orange in your honour today.

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Hi!!!! Wow, it’s been an embarrassingly long time since I last posted. So instead of trying to sum up everything in my life, I thought I should post so people know I’m still alive and around.

Just a couple of updates:

  • I finished my degree and graduated! I am have a Masters of Information Studies – I'm a librarian! Now, if only a library would hire me. I am applying for lots of jobs so something has to come up soon… right?

  • While I look for work, I’m staying with the girlfriend down in State College. It’s nice to be with Camisha!! We’re also talking about future plans, such as having a family, which makes me VERY happy!

  • I haven’t been doing much writing, unless you count all the essays and assignments I wrote during the year, and all the job applications I’m working on now. I hope to do some writing again soon, especially since I do have fic ideas and am part way through a Sulu/Chekov fic.

  • I’ve still been quietly reading fic. Since there hasn’t been much Sulu/Chekov lately, I randomly have been reading in the Harry Potter fandom, especially Albus/Scorpious. Also, I’m intrigued by Erik/Charles from the newest X:Men movie. Does anyone have any recs?

  • I am SO EXCITED for the final Harry Potter movie!!!

Well, that’s it for now! My hope is that by posting a short post, it’ll inspire me to post more often!!

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Thanks to Iron and Wine for my title line, I think it expresses how I'm feeling right now.

It's been so long since I've posted I have decided I should do some sort of update.

For those of you who know my girlfriend, savoytruffle, you probably have a sense of what's been going on in my life. cut for those who don't want to read sad thingsCollapse )

So I am also back in school full-time, completing my Masters of Information and am finding this to be a lot of work, exhausting and overwhelming. This is my first time as a full-time student since my second year of undergrad, many many years ago, so this definitely feels like a new thing and a challenge. At the beginning of the semester, not surprisingly, I had a hard time focusing and some of my marks suffered. But now I'm in the midst of killing myself working on all these involved assignments. Only 4 more to go this semester! So this is why I'm not really around on LJ that much. Stupid school... but I will finish in April and will look for a job closer to the girlfriend. Must focus on future goals!

One of the highlights of these last few months has been the time I spend with my best friend's son: my nephew Jake. He's about 15 months, totally adorable and at the stage where he repeats what we say. I inadvertently taught him "wow" last night. Here's a couple of photos of him and I on Halloween. Cute baby behind the cutCollapse )

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I finally have fic!! It is a major accomplishment for me. Plus I am making major inroads on my big bang fic, which is great!

Title: The Perils of Co-Habitating with Jim Kirk, Congeniality Ninja
Author: cordelianne
Rating: Mature
Genre & Pairing or Threesome: Kirk/Sulu
Warnings: Reluctant debauchery, banter and multiple Midterm Madnesses.
Word Count: 2,510
Summary: Sulu gets stuck with Kirk as his roommate. Sulu is skeptical. Kirk gets him a big yellow chair.
A/N: Written for uselessplayback at teamgoldxchange.
Thanks to savoytruffle for her superb beta which whipped this fic into shape! She truly has beta superpowers.

In which Sulu realizes this is an epically bad idea

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I officially resigned from my full-time job today. I've been thinking about this for months, but I'm still totally freaked out.

I've worked there for 11 years and to say this was a scary and difficult decision is a huge understatement. I started working there at 22 years old and feel like I've grown up there. I started as a Customer Service Representative got promoted to a Team Leader, then a Supervisor and finally the department Manager. I finished my undergraduate degree while working there. For the past 5 years or so, I've been running the department and leading a team of about 12 people, and doing a pretty damn good job (if I say so myself!). I have so many good friends (including a best friend) there, plus this amazing community of people who inspire me constantly. However, I'm not so inspired by the job anymore and feel I need a change (as scary as that is).

I am going back to school full-time to complete my Masters of Information (I've been doing it part-time), so that I can finish and actually get a job as a librarian. Also, this would make it more possible to be nearer to the long term, currently long distance, girlfriend. I'd like us to finally live in the same place!

So naturally instead of celebrating or drinking a beer to mellow out, I'm working on my final assignment for my summer course. At least it's a comics and graphic novel course so it's pretty fun to write about!

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As I went through my icons I realized they're all of people being kick ass and tough, none of being afraid and hiding out in their apartment... which so describes me! I'm basically like Xander in my icon, cowering.

Let's just say that sleeping in and not going to my downtown yoga studio (I live in the city but more uptown) was the best thing I ever did! I would have likely been stuck downtown (the subway downtown shut down) and trapped near what had begun as a peaceful G20 protest but - because of a few individuals - became violent.

In preparation for the G20, I thought businesses far from the security zone were silly to board up their windows, and now I'm wondering why every business in the downtown core didn't do that! I have been riveted to the genuinely shocking footage of what's been happening in Toronto. I've been mostly watching CTV coverage but suspect that the CBC has the most comprehensive best coverage here. If you haven't seen anything about it, check it out - this is just not the kind of thing that happens here.

I have to say that this is the first time living in Toronto that I've been afraid. I lived through SARS here and was totally unperturbed. I've spent many a night walking or biking alone in Toronto, and never been scared. It's just so surreal to see places I'll often be eating at or shopping having their windows smashed. Police cars being set on fire right in the heart of the downtown. I've found myself thinking "Don't hurt my city!" I'm all for protest and believe in freedom of speech and am proud of the thousands of protesters who made their points peacefully and articulately. But these few people that are smashing up the city have overshadowed the peaceful protesters in the media.

Having the G20 summit be in the downtown of Toronto was ridiculous. I feel that those who decided to hold it here are to blame. Our city is being destroyed because they decided to hold the summit in the downtown of a city where people actually LIVE, work and play in the downtown. My friends, parents and I stayed inside afraid to do our usual Saturday activities because of the few individuals who took advantage of a peaceful protest to cause damage. My facebook was filled with friends sharing that they're okay (thank goodness) because it's been such a freaky day. I will continue to hide out at my apartment for the weekend!

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This past week and a few days has been... not fun. A good reflection of my state of mind is the fic I posted, But One Day We'll Float - it's the saddest fic I've probably ever written. I had to do one of those tasks that are the least pleasant things about being a manager and are never easy. So that's been hard.

And with the G20 happening in my city, the atmosphere isn't helping. Cops everywhere, huge fences "protecting" the summit area, trees removed, helicopters circling, the university closed, etc etc. So that has us all on edge. In the past few weeks, I've almost missed yoga because of a bomb threat, there were shots fired near my house (in a normally very boring neighbourhood) and the sirens and helicopters are omnipresent.

And then today we had an earthquake!! Okay, so fortunately this was not serious and, as far as I know, no one hurt. It was a 5.5, I believe. I work in the downtown of Toronto, so we all thought initially that it might be because of an explosion at the G20 or something. Probably a sign of how few earthquakes we get here is that I was the only one who went to a doorway. Our building really shook - likely a result of shoddy construction and being on the second floor. It was definitely unsettling and kinda scary; although there are fault lines nearby (in the Ottawa area which is where the epicenter was) we get earthquakes rarely so we're not used to it.

My girlfriend arrives here for a visit on Monday (thankfully just after the G20 ends - I expect things to get crazier come the weekend), so at least things are looking up! Even though I'm still kinda "ahhh, I hate everything" I'm going to do the TV meme....Day 18 - Favorite title sequenceCollapse )

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And now instead of talking about TV I shall share with you some Chekov/Sulu fic!

Title: But One Day We’ll Float
Author: cordelianne
Fandom: Star Trek XI
Pairing(s): Chekov/Sulu
Rating: Mature
Word count: 1,576
Disclaimer: Sadly not mine, in any way.
Summary: Sulu almost can't remember the time before the war. He almost doesn't recognize Pavel Chekov.
Notes: Thanks to savoytruffle for her invaluable beta and awesome feedback!
Inspired by this picture. The title is from the PJ Harvey song We float.

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It's been a long day for me so I'm going to make this short:

Day 17 - Favorite mini series

I'm going to pretend this is like the Emmys and that TV Movie & Miniseries are one category, and thus my selection is:

Anne of Green Gables: The Movie

Practically perfect adaptation of my favourite book. It delighted me when it first aired on CBC in 1985 and it still delights me today. I'm part of the generation of kids who grew up picturing Megan Follows as Anne Shirley and Jonathan Crombie as Gilbert Blythe. In fact, I'd say all the actors are perfect in their roles and beautifully bring the characters from the page to the screen. I couldn't love it more, and I know I'm not alone in my love for the movie (and the books)!

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I am soooo tired, yet I feel the need to keep posting the TV meme. Today's category may be tricky for me:

Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure show

I'm not sure if I have any shows I feel guilty about watching. Like the Vampire Diaries could have been it but it's too good I just can't feel guilty about it! Aha, I have just figured out what my choice is:

Dancing with the Stars

I feel this image nicely illustrates the cracktastic nature of the show: the two finalists descend onto the stage in a giant mirror ball! I normally don't feel guilty about watching DWS because it's fun entertainment but this season was a different story. There's always a certain cringe factor of some "celebrities" who are deluded about their dancing ability but Kate Gosselin took it to a whole new level of cringe.

Seriously, this "dance" she did to Paparazzi was one of the worst things I've ever seen. It was basically walking, and this Jimmy Fallon version of the dance has better dancing than she did. To watch one of the shows that had Gosselin in it, my partner and I tried drinking wine to see if it helped. It didn't.

However things started to look up when Kate Gosselin was eliminated and we were left with the better dancers. DWS became it's usual self again with crazy sequined costumes, occasionally awesome dances and funny quips from Tom Bergeron. Also, I liked all the finalists and felt they deserved to be in the finals so that was nice. Not a show with deep meanings but when everything comes together it's fun with great dancing.

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This may be one of my toughest choices yet!

Day 15 - Favorite female character

I am drawn to shows with strong female characters and there are so many who I could talk at length about. Just four that immediately pop into my head are: Amber Tamblyn's Joan of Arcadia, Connie Britton's Tami Taylor on Friday Night Lights, Tina Fey's Liz Lemon on 30 Rock, Sarah Michelle Gellar's Buffy the Vampire Slayer. However, I made the hard decision and selected:

Lorelai Gilmore

Brilliantly played by Lauren Graham, Lorelai is quirky, funny, smart, big-hearted, and, yes, flawed. I'm not sure if I'd want her as my mom (good thing she has the amazing Rory for her daughter) but I definitely want her for a friend: we could hang out, watch TV, eat lots of food and have crazy fun conversations. There's an episode where Luke is confused about why she's saved all these old videotapes with TV shows on them and I had this moment where I realized that she and I are kindred spirits (my partner has asked me exactly the same question about my video collection). Other than the fact that Lorelai (with help from Graham) is stunningly gorgeous (and also super skinny), she feels like such a real relateable character. In real life most of us do drink caffeine, talk a lot and watch TV! haha, or I do anyway!

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I've been having a stressful time at work so am trying not to think about it. Fortunately I've had some distractions. Yesterday was the going away party for a friend and tonight I visited an injured friend.

And now for more TV talk!

Day 14 - Favorite male character

If this was a few years ago my answer, without a doubt, would have been Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Spike (played by James Marsters). He started out as a two-dimension villain and went on this incredible journey and transformation throughout the course of the show - plus he's fun and sexy! But how could I forgot Michael Emerson's brilliantly portrayed Ben, on Lost? Mostly a villain but Ben is always fun to watch and an intriguing character. I think if the wonderful Friday Night Lights hadn't come along it would have been one of those two but now my choice is.....

Coach Erin Taylor

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