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15 August 2008 @ 11:34 pm
I am alive AND I have spawned!  
It's been over two years, man. I don't even know how or where to start. Most people on my flist probably don't even remember me, and hey, man, no offense taken, because I probably don't remember you either! Several of you have sent me nudges over the years, and every time I saw one of those, I felt a weird combination of warm fuzziness and damning guilt. It's truly heartwarming to know you still think of me and maybe even miss me, but I felt terrible for not responding to your nudge, or at least letting you know that yes, I'm still alive. I've meant many times to come back to this journal, but the time and conditions weren't right. It's not worth relating the long (and fairly boring, actually) story of why.

But now they are, and so I return. And I have multiplied! The most important thing is that my husband and I welcomed our first child, Meghan, on March 22, 2008. I'm sure I will post lots more about her in the future, but suffice it to say that her smile is my morning sunshine, even when I'm groggy and crabby from the million times she woke me up at night. :)

I've been disconnected from HP fandom itself for a while, and that's probably a good thing. I can't say I regret having missed the craziness surrounding Deathly Hallows; I read the book once, but that was about it. I owe the whole series a reread, actually. Anyway, fandom sort of corrupted me for a while, and I think I lost track of the source of my love for the series. I think I want to get back into it now, but on my own terms. I started out in fandom at The Sugar Quill because I wanted to explore the characters and the world more through genfic, by looking at other characters' experiences and points of views and by imagining the stories that JKR didn't show us, but were lurking in her periphery. I also wanted to improve my writing, and The Sugar Quill had a mandatory beta process.

And then somehow it all (that is, fandom, or at least the majority of my degree of participation in it) turned into shipping and wank and slash, and I guess I'm just done with it all. I want to go back to my roots. I'll keep the crack, though. The crack is always good.

I didn't stop writing, though. RPGs are actually a great way to explore characterization, learn from others' writing, and practice quick replies to prompts. And mine is multifandom, so it's been fun getting exposed to other canons, working with crossovers, and, most importantly, promulgating the crack. :)

Anyway, so here I am. Now that I'm a stay-at-home mom (and STILL working on finishing up that damn grad degree!), I intend to use some of that time to return to fandom -- and to journaling in general; I've missed it. It's hard with a demanding four-and-a-half-month-old, but there is time now that she actually naps on her own in the crib (as opposed to only on my lap!).

I won't be offended if my journal ain't your cup of tea anymore, but for those of you who stick around, I'm looking forward to getting to know each other again. I really have missed you. :)
 
 
 
Norwegian Blue: Really Corkingnorwegianblue47 on August 16th, 2008 11:45 am (UTC)
I, in fact, remember you every time I go to Harvard Square. Nice to see you and congratulations.
Miss Sophia: Writing with Quillmiss_sophia on August 16th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And wow, associated with Harvard Square -- I suppose that's a pretty good thing! :D I'm jealous you're still near there; I miss Boston very much! No plans to back there to live anytime soon, unfortunately, but there's no way I can't not make my way up there a few times a year. It's my second home.

Ha, actually, speaking of, we're going to Red Sox games (at Camden Yards in Baltimore) this week! Lots of people actually come down to Baltimore from Boston these days, because tickets at Fenway are so hard to come by! My daughter is going to wear her Ortiz shirt proudly. XD

Do you still hang around the Quill?
Norwegian Blue: Ellsbury: Awwwnorwegianblue47 on August 16th, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC)
Where have you been? Sox fans have been going to Camden yards for ages now. Alas, I have yet to have been, and it looks like an awesome park and I miss Kevin Millar. But good. Startin' 'em young.

Well, the Quill's been fussy as of late, but yeah, still around.
Miss Sophia: Writing with Quillmiss_sophia on August 17th, 2008 05:42 am (UTC)
Hee, well, I'm not an original Bostonian (I'm originally from Maryland, and until I became a citizen of Red Sox Nation in 2004, I didn't pay attention to what Boston folks did or didn't do), so I'm only picking these things up now. It's a very nice park, but there's something special about Fenway, y'know? *sigh* It's gonna be weird without Manny, tho.... :(

Fussy? How so?

ICON LOVE!
Norwegian Blue: Divide by Cucumber Errornorwegianblue47 on August 17th, 2008 12:33 pm (UTC)
The forum server(?) or software or something kept throwing temper tantrums and would go down days to weeks while Z and whomever tried to fix the problem and if Z didn't save things constantly, posts would be lost whenever another fit came, so now it is in read-only mode. At least that is how my very untechnological mind understands things. Fic is still there, though.

Edited at 2008-08-17 12:35 pm (UTC)
Miss Sophia: Writing with Quillmiss_sophia on August 18th, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)
Aaagghhh, that sounds awful. Sounds like they need to switch to a more robust server. Read-only forums are pointless! I hope they manage to work things out so that people can post again. The forums are how I met my first fandom friends and how I found fic. It would be a shame to lose that!