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Yay, [community profile] fandom_stocking got another extension. I am glad, even if it's a bother for the organisers, because I can stuff a few more stockings. *wipes brow*

There's a volunteer post, if you have the time and energy to help out with stocking stuffing: Volunteer post.


State of me:

Mostly for my own tracking - the doctor increased the prednisolone wean to 10mg weekly, which is good and hopefully at this stage not too drastic. (For the new people, this is a hangover from a massive allergic reaction to antibiotics in November with angioedema and misery and one mother of a prednisolone dose that is going to take a while to get reduced because you gotta go slow.)

We're also trying a diuretic because the leg that got the cellulitis still has a bit of peripheral edema, which can put me at risk of another infection. So, I'm ansty from the pred wean and I need to pee a lot, but I have better peace of mind, I think. And hopefully my amazing hamster face will go quickly. (It's a side-effect - look at JFK in his older years.)

I need to get the twice daily dosage back to a daily dosage, which I'm working on now, moving the evening dose an hour forward each day. I think it will help me sleep better - hopefully it will stop this thing where my eyes pop open somewhere between six and seven am and will not close again. It's making me hate birds. I hate birds, they wake me up and I can't go back to sleep. Kookaburras can go fuck themselves. That bird that sounds like someone's phone can go fuck itself. (Waah, I don't want to hate kookaburras! They eat snakes and snakes are teh enemy in this house!)

We also talked about how freaking effective the prednisolone has been for my knees, and whether I'd benefit from a cortisol injection into the joint. Maybe? I think, honestly, I'd rather take it orally a couple of times a year, maybe? I don't know. Not in as massive dose as this (they had me up on 100mg) but maybe. Not that I'm worried about the injection, as such - I've had that before for tendonitis in my wrist and while it looks terrifying, it's not all that - but more because I think the inflammation is like, in more places than he can stick a needle. So why not go systemic?

Despite being really ansty, I've had a lot less anxiety, and my mood has been generally up. And I like that - so I've got myself a script to increase my antidepressant when I'm finally weaned. He's left it to me to manage, which I'm fine with. I'm not sure if I'll do it or not, but I've got the option there if I want. It's so, so nice not to have that little anxiety step-up to do things like go into strange places or talk to people or do the things that are normally just a little bit harder than they should be. I don't think I realise, until the pred artificially knocked it down, how much energy I expend on anxiety-type behaviours. I'd rather use that energy for things I enjoy, honestly. So, if I can handle the side-effects of 100mg Pristiq (which the worst for me will probably be the dry mouth) I'll give it a go.

So. That's me.


Fic Round-Up
I wrote and posted 18 fics last year, wow.

For last year's [community profile] fandom_stocking:
Eat Your Vegetables (Harry Potter, Remus/Sirius, 900 words, G)
Sorry, I Don't Pray That Way (Constantine/Angel, John Constantine/Lorne, 1000 words, PG)
Brown Paper Packages (MCU, Clint/Laura/Natasha, 500 words, G)
Gimme That Can't Sleep Love (MCU, Steve/Bucky/Sam, 800 words, Teen)
Pack Up Your Troubles (Agent Carter, Howard Stark and Peggy Carter, 800 words, G)
All Is Full of Love (Stigmata, Andrew Kiernan/Frankie Paige, 1200 words, G)

For [community profile] halfamoon
You're the Heat that I Know (POI, Root/Shaw, 1800 words, Mature)

For [community profile] ssrconfidential
Not Your Fairy-Tale Princess (Agent Carter, Peggy/Dottie, 3000 words, Teen)

For 100words over on Imzy:
Sleepless (POI, Root/Shaw, 100 words, G)

For [community profile] fandomgiftbox
Battlelines (Captive Prince, Auguste and Damen, 800 words, Teen)
Housewarming (Dance Academy, Tara and Abigail, 1200 words, G)

For the multifandom drabblefest over on Imzy:
Five Captive Prince drabbles (500 words, mixed ratings)

For [community profile] femslashex (reminder to self - you haven't posted this in your journal)
Coming Up on your Radar (Agents of SHIELD/MCU, Melinda May/Natasha Romanov, 5K, Teen)

For [community profile] yuletide (another one you need to post to your journal, woman)
A Child's Path to Clarity (The Black Tapes, Alex and Richard, 5K, Teen)

A wip I finally got posted:
Children's Moon (Harry Potter/Doctor Who, Sirius Black/Jack Harkness, 16K words, Teen)

And for no reason other than I wanted to write them:
Someone to Watch Over Me (The Black Tapes, Alex and Richard, 1400 words, G)
Over-Indulgence (Captive Prince, Auguste and Laurent, 500 words, G)
No Fear of Falling: Lights Will Guide You Home
(Supergirl/Agents of SHIELD, Kara Danvers/Daisy Johnson, 2000 words, Teen)


The Questions


My best story(ies) of this year:
Oh. I see this is going to be harder than I expected. Um, the Supergirl fic was the most popular by kudos, and the POI Root-rescues-Shaw fic after that. Yay, femslash fic!

My favourite story of this year:
My faves are the ones that I haven't edited and posted yet. *clutches them close to my bosom* My babies. I love you.

Most fun story to write:
The Sirius/Jack Harkness one - it was a sequel, and I love writing Sirius in the Doctor Who universe. He is so unfussed by alien things. I want to write another one for this NaNo, with him and Ace.

Sexiest story/Story with the single sexiest moment:
I wrote a lot of gen, huh. But I guess the femslash ones were the sexiest, in that people actually had sex in them.

Story that shifted my own perceptions of the characters:
The Black Tapes fic for Yuletide, mostly because it was Richard Strand POV, which was a whole other way of thinking about a skeptic character. And I had to walk him close to the line of a possibly supernatural experience, which was hard. But interesting.

Hardest story to write:
Yuletide, because I was sick. And then the cat was sick. It was like trying to write while fate threw boulders at me.

Biggest Surprise:
How popular the femslash was! I am so glad that people want to read femlash.

Most Unintentionally Telling Story:
Hmm. I guess the Supergirl hurt/comfort fic - I wrote that the day after the US election, and I really, really needed someone to tell me (and everyone on the flist) that things were going to be okay.

Looking back, did you write more fic than you thought you would this year, less, or about what you'd predicted?
I wrote more than I expected. More than that, actually, I *posted* more than I expected and took part in more challenges than I expected, which is great.

What pairing/genre/fandom did you write that you would never have predicted in January 2016?
I didn't expect to write for the Black Tapes - I didn't think I'd be that invested in it, but I really fell for the dynamic between Alex and Doctor Strand.

Did you take any writing risks this year?
I kept writing NaNo through a major illness. I should have stopped. Actually, NaNo was really hard this year - I challenged myself to finish a bunch of WIPs and I think it burned me out quite a bit. That and the fever.

This year's theme and the story that demonstrates it most:
I'm going to go with the Supergirl fic - because it's all about recognising when you need help and going to get it. Also, everything I wrote got tropier and tropier as the year unravelled into unbridled lunacy and dumpster-fires. That fic has a fluffy kitten sweater in it, and it was so needed.

Do you have any fanfic or profic goals for the New Year?:
Write more. Get more WIPs posted. Enjoy it more.


Whew. That was intense.

Date: 2017-01-12 10:58 am (UTC)
sharpest_asp: A Xenomorph Alien on a ship deck looking out over the ocean (General: WTF (Alien on ship))
From: [personal profile] sharpest_asp
I am always amazed at seeing the low dosage prednisone weaning. Because I remember how HORRIFIC it was to be in the mega doses with my late wife, and by the time we were in double digits on the dose we were doing the dance of joy.

Prednisone may be a miracle drug for a lot of ailments, but OH the side effects it can bring on. I hope you have an easy time coming off it.

(It was the most common drug to treat her Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, and I ma not kidding at the horrific levels they would put her on so her body would quit killing platelets and red blood cells alike.)

Date: 2017-01-12 11:36 am (UTC)
jebbypal: (Default)
From: [personal profile] jebbypal
Let me know if you want me to talk at you about ways to manage inflammation. My mom had a lupus like syndrome, dad horrible arthritis, and I have the fun tendency to have inflammation stick around if I don't knock it down fast especially since I can't take most OTC.

Date: 2017-01-12 02:28 pm (UTC)
singe: The word Singe with a backdrop of flames. (Default)
From: [personal profile] singe
Oof. Here's hoping 2017 evens out for you quickly.

Date: 2017-01-12 05:19 pm (UTC)
squidgiepdx: (WH13 Hot Agent Pete)
From: [personal profile] squidgiepdx
I volunteered last night, and got 5 stockings as suggestions. Wrote one, trying to see if I can write for others. (One is DEFINITELY out, because while we share the fandom, we are completely diametrically opposed to the pairing. BLECH!)

As a gay dude, I have to say that slash is near and dear to my heart (and Captain Jack Harkness... ::swoon:: ), but I do have a weak spot for a couple femmeslash pairings. Claudia/Rosa (Warehouse13 and Brooklyn 99) are a favorite, but my absolute favorite femmeslash pair is tied - Root/Shaw (PofI) and Myka/HG (Warehouse 13). I can see Root/Shaw so clearly (I mean that kiss before Shaw was shot & taken away! ::HEARTBREAKING:: ), but I'm mostly a lighthearted writer, so the heavy angst is a bit much for me to write. Not to say that I won't do it sometime!

Good luck with your meds!

Date: 2017-01-13 02:17 pm (UTC)
adafrog: (Default)
From: [personal profile] adafrog
Good luck on the bigger wean. :D

Date: 2017-01-14 07:57 am (UTC)
monanotlisa: Melinda May during martial arts practice (melinda may - shield aos)
From: [personal profile] monanotlisa
HOMG did I miss your Shoot and your Agents of SHIELD? *clicks open*

Date: 2017-01-15 04:50 pm (UTC)
vass: Sam Carter hugs Thor (*hugs*)
From: [personal profile] vass
Write more. Get more WIPs posted. Enjoy it more.

Good goal. ♥

Date: 2017-01-15 05:10 pm (UTC)
tinny: (Default)
From: [personal profile] tinny
The weaning sounds like it's going great, continued good luck with that. It's weird (but cool) that this way you found out about the positive effects on your knees and your anxiety. Look at the bright side. :)

Congrats on writing 18 fics! Woot! That's a lot!

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