dejana: (Makoto - Kind of Person)
Hello :)

This is my blog, where I post updates on my various projects of all kinds and generally ramble. As far as I know, I'm the only Dejana in fandom. If you've run into a Dejana anywhere online since 1996, that was probably me. (Please do say hi if you know me from some old website of yore!)

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ETA 1/2/09: I made a friends cut and removed a lot of idle journals. If you're coming back from a long absence and find I've defriended you, I'd be happy to add you back, just let me know. :)

ETA 5/10/10: I'm not as active in online fandom as I used to be. I'm still here now and then, add me if you like, but there won't be many posts. If you know me (and I mean really know me), you can ask me for my Facebook info.
dejana: (Default)
I aten't dead.

I wrote a fic. "Finally finished" is more accurate, but either way, ficness has occurred.

There is more to be said, but it will have to wait. Hopefully not too long.

Jun. 16th, 2011 02:33 pm
dejana: (Chiyo-chan)
My "real life" has eaten me alive. Send rescue team.
dejana: (Pixelated Me)
2010: The Summer of Awesome, or Why I'm Not Here Anymore

Reports of my death have been exaggerated, although perhaps not greatly. This is a disgustingly belated post, but the fact of the matter is I'm just that damn busy (when I'm not just that damn lazy). Life these days is both extremely stressful and the most unbelievably amazing thing ever. I still don't really know exactly how I got here. What it boils down to is that I've done that most dreaded and reviled thing in all of internet fandom, that which I swore I'd never do: I've gotten a Real Life.

Granted, it's a Real Life of the "offline fandom" variety and not the "career and marriage" variety, but it's a Real Life nonetheless, at least in the sense that it consumes all the time that used to be devoted to internet fandom. That part sucks. It really does. I still have goals in online fandom that I am determined to accomplish. I want to reboot .moon. I want to write some more fics and make some more vids. I'm still plugging away at these things bit by bit, but on the whole, Facebook is pretty much all the online interaction I have time for these days.

I'm still around, off and on. When there's product, it'll go here. But I don't have the time or dedication to regularly write up LJ posts anymore, or to read my flist like I used to. (From the look of things, though, a lot of people have faded out over the past year.)

That's the short of it. Read on if you want the details on how my life got flipped, turned upside down... erhm, yeah.

I'd like to take a minute, just sit right there )

On a side note, for anyone concerned who doesn't already know, I'll be at Anime North again this year. It may be my last trip, since it keeps landing at a bad point in my work schedule, but I'll make it there at least one more time.
dejana: (As In Autumn)
Short report this time, because I spent most of the weekend running a room party and didn't set foot outside my hotel room for 8 hours straight both nights. I'm glad I did it, I've wanted to host a Sailor Moon party for ages, but if I'm going to do it again I need more help and shorter hours. @_@

On to the madness! )

The con, however, went well on the whole. And I think... I've decided to be back on staff officially next year. The year off did some good, and a lot of the stuff that had been bothering me personally doesn't matter as much anymore. I like being part of Detour. If I can balance everything I want to do, I'm gonna do it. ^_^
dejana: (As In Autumn)
This overdue post of musings is finally brought to you by the three-hour wait for my flight to California (DISNEYLAND OMG YAY).

It's been said (occasionally by myself as well) that for those who hope to eventually become published authors, fanfic is like writing with training wheels. Now that I've been putting more effort into original work, I've come to feel fanfic is more like driving a go-cart. You get the basic experience of driving in the relatively safe and simple environment of a closed track, a predefined loop that never changes. You could jump the rails if you really wanted to, but if you tried to take it out on the interstate you'd be in trouble.

When I first got my driver's license, I found my grasp of the city I'd lived in all my life was not as solid as I thought. I had no idea what the quickest route from A to B was. For a while, I subconsciously stuck to the bus routes because those were the directions I knew. It took time and practice before I learned where all those less-traveled roads go. As I've been working on original fiction, I've often felt like I'm wandering an abyss. There's so much more to be explored and decided on, a whole wide world without limits to travel. The closed environments I'm used to have become a bit of an obstacle. I have to remind myself that I'm not driving someone else's car on someone else's path anymore. I have to worry about oil changes, and fuel prices, and whether that "Bridge Out" sign I just passed was something I should've paid attention to. It's a different experience than I was expecting.

This isn't meant to degrade fanfic authors in any way, btw. I haven't jumped ship completely; getting a car hasn't stopped me from hopping into a go-cart once in a while. It's fun going fast, and racing your friends, and if you crash it's unlikely you'll be scarred for life. But in the end, you're on a defined track on someone else's property. There's a big, complex, wide-open world outside the amusement park, and it's a much bigger leap to go from a go-cart to a real car than to take off training wheels.
dejana: (Something's Wrong)
My fic for [ profile] yuletide. I considered adding the original ending I didn't have time to write before the deadline, but in the end I got lazy. :P My recipient was happy with this version; that's good enough for me. :)

Title: A Tale of Two Suitors
Fandom: Futurama
Characters: Fry, Leela, Zapp
Rating: PG
Genre: Romance/Comedy
Setting: Post-canon, a few months after Into the Wild Green Yonder

Summary: Fry decides to propose to Leela, but when his best-laid plans go astray and Zapp Brannigan stumbles back into their lives, he'll be lucky enough to get another moment alone with her. Written for [ profile] lozlan in the [ profile] yuletide exchange.

Strange news, everyone! )

dejana: (Santa Pluto)
This is for [ profile] yuletide.

letter )
dejana: (Jetto Ninjin!)
A general FYI to whoever, I've finished my training period in my new job and am working my 2 PM - 2 AM shift now. It's going well so far, I really like it. I still have a lot to learn - there's a lot more than I expected that's completely new to me - but in the long run I think it'll be a good fit for me. :) Anyway, the point is, I'm now working the same hours all the time, so if you're ever trying to get ahold of me you can be reasonably sure I'll be awake the same hours every day - noon to 3 AM. Please no texts before noon. T_T Unless it's an emergency, of course.


NaNoWriMo's only a few days away! I'm looking forward to it, but I've been having a terrible time trying to outline my plot. We'll see what happens. It looks like I'll be doing a lot more of the traditional "start typing and see where it takes you" thing, which may prove to be interesting.

On an even more fun note, in 12 hours [ profile] shel_b_129 will be boarding a plane to my state! :D I am practically bursting with excitement. We have a whole week of fun stuff ahead of us, including a few write-ins. Yay for Wrimo friends! :D

So, I've been absent for a month again, because with training and all I've been pretty busy, but things have been going well. How is everyone? :)
dejana: (Granny Weatherwax)
Oh look what I'm doing again. Three weeks late. Whee. God I wish I had done this right away when I remembered more. The general feeling of the con still lingers, but a lot of the detail is lost. At least I have lots of pictures. :)

Friday )
dejana: (Believe - You Can Do It)
It's my birthday today. I failed at my goal of completing an original piece of fiction this year, but I came back from the Discworld convention (I will finish that con report, I swear it) more determined than ever to become a writer, so I aten't dead yet. If all goes well, I'll have several finished irons out of the fire by the end of my next solar tour. :)
dejana: (Menchi)
We interrupt this regularly-scheduled con report to bring you another round of Chad Darnell's 12 of 12. This month, the 12th landed on a trip to the Renaissance Festival! :D

Pics! )

I ended up leaving pretty soon after this, which was odd, I normally stay until the closing cannon, but I wasn't feeling up to it. The sky had clouded over and things were more comfortable, but the few hours of really bright sun and humidity earlier in the afternoon really did me in. I'm very glad I decided to head for home right away, because I spent the rest of the evening being sick from heat stroke. Yaaaay. -_- At least I have another trip to look forward to. If the weather's like this again next weekend I need to remember to bring a fan.
dejana: (Scene from "Guards! Guards!")
In the interest of NOT falling into that hole where I end up not writing my con report for weeks after the event, I'm starting it now.

This trip got off to a rocky start when my plane was delayed at the gate for nearly two hours due to a faulty door sensor. On the plus side, I was able to get through about half of So You Want to Be a Wizard, which I'm rereading because Diane Duane is here at the con. I loved it and its sequel, which was all there was of the series at the time, as a kid but I haven't read them in ages. It's amusing the things that stick with you, though - every now and then the snippet about the growing grass interrupting its song to boo and hiss at an approaching lawnmower pops into my mind, but I had forgotten where it was from.

My last unread Pratchett is Nation, which I saved for this week so I'd have an excuse to carry it around the airport when I got here, haha. Success - it led to a conversation with a guy waiting for the hotel shuttle. My first friendly chat of any reasonable length with a random fellow congoer, believe it or not. I fail so hard.

My first roommate, Tiffany, was waiting for me when I got to the hotel. The other two won't be here until tomorrow. She's from Florida, is about my age, and reminds me a bit of [ profile] nephthysmoon. We got checked in, picked up our registration stuff, and then headed out to find a CVS and dinner. It's hot here, but it's a dry heat, and I was prepared for it, so it hasn't been too rough thus far. Hoping not to spend extended amounts of time outside the air conditioning, though. I've never been to the southwest before. For some reason I wasn't expecting palm trees, but there are a lot of tall graceful ones here. Seen cacti, and barren hills, and desert sand, which were all new to me.

After dinner we went to the meet & greet mixer thing. I have to admit, now that I'm here it's evident the organizers of this con are a lot more solid than I feared they were. Information was really late getting on to the website, but everything here seems to be well planned out and full of generous goodies. There's a consuite, and on top of that they served hors d'oeurves at the mixer. Our registration bags contained water bottles, pens, and pins, all printed with the convention information. Nice stuff. The mixer really got things rolling with a trivia contest, where each table of random new acquaintances was a team. The trivia was really difficult, and not at all Discworld related aside from the Name That Cover round, but it worked out for the best as everyone knew different bits of each category. My team tied for second place. :D The prize for the first place team was a bag of books to divide amongst themselves. They're really going all-out here. For the record, I hear there are around 800 attendees, and registration was about $90 if I recall correctly. The con runs through Monday afternoon.

A major difference between this convention and anime conventions has already made itself evident. Totally obvious, of course, but the implications of it didn't really hit me until tonight. Everyone here has read and loved the same series. Imagine going to an anime convention where all the attendees have watched your favorite show and love it as much as you do. It's awesome, but weird at the same time, being surrounded by people who know just as much as you about a series and think it's just as great. An entire convention of them, from all corners of the world, all ages and walks of life. I'm trying not to freak out my roommate by being too crazed with excitement, haha, but I'm totally pumped. I think this may be an event to rival Fiddler's Green.
dejana: (Granny Weatherwax)
a POST! ooooo

A long-overdue post, as usual... I've been meaning to post some kind of update for a while now and things have been so busy I haven't had any time! @_@ As it is, I'm posting this from the airport, in an hour I'm boarding a plane to Phoenix for the North American Discworld Convention. [site] I was kind of iffy about this con for a while, as they didn't seem to be as on top of things as I'm used to from cons, but now that they have the programming schedule up I'm super excited. And Sir Terry Pratchett will be there! So if nothing else, that will make for a good time. :D

I'm taking the random roommate plunge for the first time, which is risky, but it's a five night hotel stay and I can't afford that kind of expense on my own. Plus, I don't know anyone else going, so it'll be nice to have a few roomies I can hang around the con with. I found three women traveling alone to the con like I am, so I'm hoping for the best. And I get to meet up with [ profile] amazonqueenkate for the first time, and see [ profile] alexielnet again (it's been a DECADE... I feel old), so it's bound to be a weekend of awesome! \o/

I started my new job this past Tuesday, and I'm already on vacation. >.> I'm so spoiled... I had a week off before that, and I wanted to catch up on things then, but my mom came for a visit and we ended up running around town the entire time going to the State Fair and stuff. I haven't been this busy since spring. Things should hopefully calm down for a while after the con, though. The new job is off to a good start, I have a lot to learn but my new coworkers are very friendly and happy to help. Mostly because they're looking forward to having someone else to cover the pager in the evenings, haha. In the meantime, it's been great not having to deal with the repetitive tickets of my old job anymore. xP

That's about all I've got for now. I haven't been able to keep up on my flist; I hope everyone is doing well. I'll be back with a con report, of course. :D
dejana: (Chibiusa and ChibiChibi)
I'm back again for Chad Darnell's 12 of 12. This month the 12th fell on a work day again, so the pics are pretty blah. Last set working my current job, though.

see 'em )

Next month I will most likely be at the Renaissance Festival on the 12th, so the pictures should be more than awesome enough to make up for this boring batch. :D
dejana: (As In Autumn)
Hopped on to check out the ol' flist and this meme over at [ profile] csi_tokyo3 caught my eye.

"What are three stories/storylines that you never quite got around to writing or got halfway through and just stopped?"

1) Due Process. One of Neo-Queen Serenity's Senshi is being held prisoner on an alien world. She escapes with the help of another imprisoned soldier.

2) Blood Red. Standard Pluto/Endymion fare, set in Crystal Tokyo.

3) Waltz for Venus. Aphrodite is the top matchmaker on Venus until she falls in love with one of her targets, a general from Earth.

I have an entire notebook full of spare ideas I'll probably never get to, but these are the ones I actually started. I still hold out hope that I'll someday pick them up again, but it's most likely never going to happen.
dejana: (Sakaki - Dolphin)
You may have noticed I'm barely around lately. It's a combination of factors. I became really disenchanted with the world at large recently, but I've mostly gotten over that by deciding to be over it. So now it's more that LJ doesn't grab my interest like it used to. These days I'm more interested in doing things than being social, so I end up not visiting here for days at a time and feeling like I'm always behind and out of the loop. I can't remember what I used to post here, aside from con reports and fics, or think of what I should post. It's been mostly Twitter for me, since I can fire off a one-liner there and move on instead of spending half an hour trying to come up with enough material for an LJ post. I'll probably get interested in LJ again at some point, but in the meantime it's going to be few and far between from me. :\

In fact, I can't even remember what else I was going to say in this post. Oh, I got a new computer and a bunch of new software toys to play with, but since it runs Vista, I have a lot of headaches to solve before you'll see any product. I sprained my knee last weekend falling down the stairs at my friend's place, and it's still costing me a lot of sleep. I have a meeting tomorrow to figure out the schedule for transitioning to my new job, but I'll be in my current job through the end of August, and probably on regular day hours for training for a couple of months after that. I'm hoping to still fit in the Discworld convention (and a meetup with [ profile] alexielnet!) but that hinges on what New Boss says tomorrow. I'm very tired, and old anchors are weighing me down. But I've been writing again, and I have a bunch of new project ideas I can't wait to sink my teeth into.

These are very late, but I took the pictures, I'm posting them. :P I don't have the original files on me to get the timestamps, but if I don't go ahead with this post now, I'll probably never do it. So here goes. I'll edit the times in later.

12 of 12: May )

12 of 12: June )

12 of 12: July )

My knee is still iffy. I did end up seeing a doctor before work on Monday, but since there wasn't any swelling and it moved OK in all the normal ways, he pronounced it a sprain that should be fine in a couple of weeks. It's been a week now, though, and I'm not sure if it's really that much better. Sleeping is still a struggle and mobility comes and goes. If it's not significantly better by Wednesday, I may have to go back in for an MRI. :\
dejana: (Susan - Duty)
Pretty sunrise this morning, even if I had to see it through the office window.

There won't be many more of these. I'm starting a new job soon. People who've been on my flist for a while may remember that my company's been wanting me to move up the ladder into a better job, and I was reluctant to do so because I like my shift hours. Well, an opening came up in the database area, on an off-hours schedule, and since it was pretty much my only chance to change jobs without getting stuck on a standard 9-5, I jumped on it. A ton of people put in a good word for me and helped me in various ways (seriously - I had no idea this many people even knew who I was) and after a couple of interviews I was offered the position. Truth be told, I was initially only interested because of the hours (2 PM to 2 AM, three days a week), but the more I thought about it, the more I thought it'll be fun to do something new and more technical than the support work I've been doing. I don't know yet when I'll be changing jobs, but I'm looking forward to it. Evening hours all the time, and only three days a week. It doesn't get much better than that. :)

The delays in getting things organized is a bit of a problem, since I have the North American Discworld Convention looming two months ahead and I haven't been able to request time off or buy my plane tickets yet. I need to know what schedule I'll be working over Labor Day before I can do any of that, preferably ASAP because I'm probably going to look into finding some random strangers to share my hotel room. The friend who I was hoping would join me at the con had to cancel, and that's a long con to foot the whole hotel bill for, not to mention the somewhat gloomy prospect of having no one to hang out with. :\ I'm hoping to find some other women traveling alone like me who might be looking to make some new friends - but again, can't even ask until I know for sure which days I'll be in Phoenix. Argh.

Now I'm off to my hometown for the rest of the week. Be back Sunday.
dejana: (Neptune and Uranus)
I forgot all about [ profile] sm_fanswap finishing. I can finally post this.

Title: Silent All These Years
Fandom: Sailormoon
Characters: Haruka, Usagi
Rating: PG
Genre: Angst/TAFF
Setting: Crystal Tokyo

Summary: Centuries pass slowly for the nearly immortal, and the years eventually take their toll. On a rare visit to Earth, Sailor Uranus finds the cracks beneath the surface growing harder to ignore. Written for [ profile] generalie in the [ profile] sm_fanswap exchange.

one day in a thousand )

dejana: (Ed - Animated)
Question for all you geeks out there.

I want to buy a new desktop computer during the sale HP's having this weekend. All I have right now is my tiny Eee PC mini-laptop netbook thing, so the new one would be my main computer. How much will I regret it if I save money by not buying a top-of-the-line model? I do a lot of graphics and video work, but not much gaming. I've always bought the best system available in the past, but do I really need to?


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Dejana Talis

About Me

I'm a techie, a geek, a fangirl, and an aspiring writer. I've been in internet fandom since 1996. I welcome new LJ friends, but please allow me some time to get to know you before I friend you back.

I have a tendency to attempt a little of everything, whether or not I have time for it. See my userinfo for more about me and what I do.

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