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Pick a date (or two...) ask me whatever you want, fannish, RL, work, travel, pets. Anything goes.

Pick a date.... )What is your earliest birthday memory? Or, if you prefer, the best.
2nd December: [livejournal.com profile] septembers_coda Describe your greatest moment of fannish excitement. :-)
3rd December: [livejournal.com profile] supernutjapan what is your favorite thing about this season?
4th December : [livejournal.com profile] blackrabbit42 Describe a memory involving a game from childhood.
5th December: [livejournal.com profile] meus_venator If you could only choose one boy (Sam, Dean, Jared or Jensen) to help you survive the Zombie apocalypse, which one would you choose and why and how would you spend Christmas together? (I stole a variation of this question from sleepypercy and loved it so much I couldn't resist asking it, can't wait to hear all the answers!) :)
6th December: [livejournal.com profile] desertport Pets vs potted plants: your thoughts.
7th December: [livejournal.com profile] thursdaysisters what kind of music do you listen to when you're writing fic?
8th December: [livejournal.com profile] wings128 How did you discover fandom and livejournal?
9th December [livejournal.com profile] frozen_delight your favourite and your least favourite Christmas tradition?
10th December: [livejournal.com profile] supernutjapan What holiday dessert do you enjoy?
11th December : [livejournal.com profile] brightly_lit How long have you been part of this fandom, and what are your favorite parts of it and/or what do you most hope to get from it?
12th December
13th December: [livejournal.com profile] milly_gal Do you have any wishes for the future, what do you wanna be when you grow up/ ;)
14th December
15th December - [livejournal.com profile] alethiometry Share your favorite holiday recipe!
16th December: [livejournal.com profile] elwarre Your beverage of choice for a holiday party :)
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18th December: [livejournal.com profile] ghyste 1 - 12, which is your most and least favourite Doctor and why
19th December: [livejournal.com profile] milly_gal What was your most memorable experience within fandom?
20th December
21st December: [livejournal.com profile] toratio Favourite childhood book, why, and if it still captures you as an adult.
22nd December:[livejournal.com profile] supernutjapan what holiday traditions do you have that you've carried over from your childhood?
23rd December
24th December
25th December: [livejournal.com profile] sailorhathor What'd ya get? :D
26th December
27th December
28th December
29th December
30th December: [livejournal.com profile] casey28 Any New Year resolutions? ;)
31st December: [livejournal.com profile] toratio what is the one thing you want to happen in 2015?


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For [livejournal.com profile] alethiometry :

Share your favorite holiday recipe!

As I mentioned in an earlier post for this meme, my favourite holiday deserts are Christmas pudding and brandy custard. Whilst I don't have the exact recipes my nana used, these are pretty close, including wrapping the pudding in calico, hiding silver threepenses and sixpenses (pre-decimal coins) in the pudding mixture to be found and making it weeks before Xmas to really develop the tastes and flavours, especially of the alcohol.

Christmas pudding

Brandy custard
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Playing catch up again. There are still heaps of days left if you want to ask me something. Go here to leave your question/s./

For [livejournal.com profile] milly_gal :

Do you have any wishes for the future, what do you wanna be when you grow up/ ;)

My wishes for the future are the usual of most people, I think. Health, happiness, to be surrounded by dear family and good friends, but not just for me but for everyone I love as well, both in RL and here in LJ-land and our amazing SPN family.

I'd also love to be financially independent, to own my own home, to not worry so much about living pay-to-pay and to be able to afford to travel to every SPN convention anywhere in the world and, ideally, to be rich enough to take a few really close fandom friends with me.

But, but I don't wanna grow up!!!!! In a lot of ways I feel very much the same as I did when I was a teenager. I still can't believe that I'll be hitting the big 5-0 in just a few years. I wonder where the last 3 or 4 decades have gone.
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For [livejournal.com profile] brightly_lit :

How long have you been part of this fandom, and what are your favorite parts of it and/or what do you most hope to get from it?

Although I started watching SPN in May '09, I didn't post about it until November of that year. I mainly lurked for months, quietly reading other fans' posts but not commenting very much. It was probably when I started posting fics and ep reactions and comments (and getting feedback and comments to my own posts) that I consider the beginning of my SPN family journey. I love reading what other folks though about episodes and what is going on both in the show and with the cast and crew. More than a few recaps & reviews opened my eyes to things I had overlooked that make my near constant re-watches so much better. And I especially loved joining in all the delight and squee when I found out that there were other Sam & Jared!girls on LJ who love him just as much as I do. And that not everyone who prefers Dean dislikes or even hates Sam. I have so many wonderful Dean!girls on my f*list and I treasure you all.

My favourite part of fandom is how much of a family we are. There is so much love and support and caring for every single member every single day, even during the long, empty months of Hellatus that we endure every year. Fundraisers and charity auctions for those who are struggling to make ends meet, a (virtual) shoulder to cry on when we are down and hurting, sympathetic ears when we need to rage and rant, genuine happiness and joy when things are going well and we want to shout it out loud. I felt this last one most in the hours and days after the 200th ep aired. Don't think I've ever seen my f*list so united in agreement. The love for SPN and the Js and Sam'n'Dean was so amazing that I couldn't wait to come online and simply wallow in it all. That love is getting me through the last couple of weeks when I haven't enjoyed the eps as much as the ones earlier in the season (mainly because of how Sam & Dean-lite, but esp Sam-lite) they've been and I know it will get me through the next 6 weeks until 10x10 airs.

I love this show with all my heart and soul and no matter what happens, I will be here to the (hopefully not) bitter end and I am just so honoured to be able to share it with so many wonderful friends and fellow fans.
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For [livejournal.com profile] supernutjapan :

What holiday dessert do you enjoy?

My favourite is Christmas pudding with brandy custard. The pudding has to be really loaded with fruit (raisins, sultanas, glazed cherries and pineapple, candied orange and lemon peel) and soaked for months in alcohol. My nana made the best ones I've ever tasted. She also did a fantastic trifle (layers of sponge cake, custard and jelly -- or jello, I think for my US f*listies) that was also soaked for ages in brandy and rum.
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For [livejournal.com profile] frozen_delight :

Your favourite and your least favourite Christmas tradition?

My favourite would have to be our Santa Sacks from childhood. In the early hours of Christmas morning (probably between 2-3am) mum or dad would place them on the ends of our beds. They were just pillowcases filled with lots of small, inexpensive presents, dolls and jewelry and and small books, for me, boys things for my brothers. The kind of things you'd find in $2 shops. We always pretended to be asleep and I probably did actually fall asleep a few years, when mum or dad would come in and they knew we weren't really asleep. I mean, how many kids can really sleep on Xmas eve??? The only rule was we weren't suppose to open the sacks until Sunrise. I think it was mainly a ploy by the parents to keep us occupied for just a few minutes more on X-Mas morning, giving them a little sleep in before being their bed was invaded by 3 kids all wanting to show what Santa had brought us.

Once mum and dad were awake, we were allowed to choose 1 present from under the tree to open. The rest we opened after breakfast. Then we would stuff our presents in our (now empty) Santa Sacks and head over to our neighbours to show them. We'd visit most of the houses in our street, as we were very close with all our neighbours. We called them Aunty and Uncle even though they weren't relatives of ours. So it would be an endless procession of kids running up and down the street, going into each others houses, showing off our presents and collecting more.

I honestly can't think of a least favourite tradition. As a child, I loved everything about Christmas.
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For [livejournal.com profile] wings128 :

How did you discover fandom and livejournal?

Wow, this was a very interesting wander down memory's lane for me. Until I actually looked, I had thought I'd found LJ and set up my journal after discovering SPN but it was the opposite.

I set up my LJ on May 8, 2008 as a way to document my first overseas trip. I was flying to LA in Nov of 2008 to go to a Farscape con and wanted to record all the details and trials and joys of planning such a big trip, similar to what I'm doing for my big SPN con adventure next year. I don't even remember how I found LJ, probably just searched for 'journals' or more likely 'free journals' and I guess LJ was near the top of the list.

I used it randomly over the next few months, mailnly posting about RL trials and tribulations, (almost buying my first home, only to lose it when I lost my job, getting my ears pierced, etc) and I posted one little snippet of Mulder/CSM from a fic series I was working on back then.

I didn't discover Supernatural (show or fandom) until almost a year later after hearing about it on a podcast I listened to each week. I had heard of SPN and had even glanced at some eps as I channel-surfed but it never really caught my eye or attention. Well one of the podcasters issued a challenge to listeners who hadn't watched SPN to watch at least until ep 9 of season 1 (Home) and that if they weren't hooked by then she would stop bugging people about it. So I took the challenge, aquired *coughcoughdowloadedcoughcough* the first 9 eps and began watching. Well I didn't need to see Home, I was hooked by the end of the Pilot and the obsessed Sam!girl that I am now by the scene in Skin where Sam is tied up in the shifter's lair. OMG, how freaking HOT is that scene???

The very next day I went and bought the first 3 seasons on DVD for some outrageous price (I think over $100 each, dvd's were bloody expensive in Australia back then) and mainlined them in about a week. I also started watching mid season 4 on local TV (Family Remains was the first ep I saw, I remember the end scene with Dean telling Sam about hell) and *acquiring* current eps as they showed in the US.

My first SPN related post on LJ wasn't until Nov 21st, 2009. I have no idea why there was such long gap between when I started watching the show and mentioning it on my LJ. Maybe I was still so new and jsut caught up with watching that I didn't feel the need to reach out and connect with other fans. Anyways, in Nov I filled out an SPN 'hellatus' friending meme and looking back at my answers, I was reading a lot of fic apparently and wanted more of it (bottom and submissive!Sam please and where is all the Sam/other fic??) My fav character was Sam (geeee, what a surprise!!! heheheee) and, as now, was trying my best to avoid spoilers.

Thanks to that meme, I was friended by some very delightful fans and fellow Sam!girls and my adventure in fandom truly began. I started commenting on other posts and started posting my own fic and generally just rolling around in all the good stuff that Fandom is and provides.

I just want to take this opportunity to thank every single fan and LJ'er who has friended me, commented on a post or fic, been there during all the good and bad times, both in Fandom and RL. All my fellow Sam!girls and JaredLadies and Dean!girls and JensenLadies and of course all you bi-bro fans out there. We may not always agree with each other but 10 years and 204 eps later, we are still here and interacting and supporting each other.

I love you all so very much!!!!!!!!!
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Sorry, I'm behind a couple of days. Couldn't get on LJ at all yesterday so am posting a few answers today.

For [livejournal.com profile] thursdaysisters:

What kind of music do you listen to when you're writing fic?

My set-up for writing fic and, indeed all my online and computer activities, is in my lounge-room sitting in my comfy recliner with my laptop on my knee (or if Sam decides he wants to sit on my knee, then the laptop goes on the wide, flat arm of the recliner and I try to type awkwardly with one finger on my left hand).

I always have the tv on, even just for background noise, so I'm usually watching (or at least half-listening to) something while I'm writing, so I hardly ever listen to music when I write. I'm mostly hearing SPN (as I'm constantly re-watching it) or Big Bang Theory, Castle, Bones, NCIS:LA, or in winter it's Aussie Rules football and cricket in summer. Usually I prefer shows and eps that I've seen before, so I don't have to be always looking at the screen.

I listen to music mostly in the car while driving or taking Sam for his daily walks which can last well over two hours. Most of my favourite music is from my teens back in the '80's so a lot of pop and soft rock (Bon Jovi, A-Ha, Duran Duran, Chris De Burgh) or earlier (Abba, Neil Diamond, Glenn Campbell, Queen) with only a few modern bands and artists (Savage Garden, Garth Brooks, John Barrowman) and I find I get a lot of my best fic ideas while out walking and have solved a lot of writer's block issues then as well.

That said, music still influences my fic. A big-bang I've been working on for the last couple of years is inspired by Bonnie Tyler's 'Holding Out For A Hero.' so I've listened to that song more times than I can count, especially when I'm stuck on where to take a character or plot point. It really helps me get back into the rhythm and emotion that I want to write.
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For [livejournal.com profile] desertport:

Pets vs potted plants: your thoughts.

Another easy one. I have a dog. I have no plotted plants. Think that sums up my thoughts rather perfectly, don't you?

Cut for length and pics of my adorable furbabies )
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For [livejournal.com profile] meus_venator:

If you could only choose one boy (Sam, Dean, Jared or Jensen) to help you survive the Zombie apocalypse, which one would you choose and why and how would you spend Christmas together? (I stole a variation of this question from sleepypercy and loved it so much I couldn't resist asking it, can't wait to hear all the answers!) :)


Yay, finally an easy one. :-)

It's gotta be Sam. Because of the many and varied versions of Sam we've over the last 10 seasons, I'd feel very safe with him. I mean, you've got Samifer and SoullessSam and Gadreel!Sam and Meg!Sam. No zombie would dare try to eat us.

Well, Xmas is Australia is in our summer and it's usually damn hot (quite often over 40C/100F) so we'd be at the beach with Sam wearing only a tiny, tiny pair of speedos. And of course, being in that burning sun means you need to apply lots and lots of sunblock all over each others body and I mean ALL over. :-)


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For [livejournal.com profile] blackrabbit42

Describe a memory involving a game from childhood.

Okay, this one is gonna be a weird one because I actually have no memory of playing this game but I am reminded of it everytime I see my dad's brother, my uncle Winton. And yes, I'm in my mid 40's now and Uncle Winton will still reference it.

Apparently when I was very young, probably around 2 or 3, my uncle used to call out "Dead Ants" and all of the kids, (me, my brothers and all our cousins) would drop to the ground and play dead and see who could stay 'dead' the longest. And apparently I never won, cos I could never stay still very long. Uncle Winton says I always used to start giggling within a few seconds.
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For [livejournal.com profile] supernutjapan:

What is your favorite thing about this season?

So, so many things but if I had to pick just one it would be the look on Sam's face when he says, "Welcome back, Dean." There s so much love in that little almost smile, especially in his eyes. And I also see more than a trace of contentment, perhaps even pride, of Sam knowing that he has finally been able to save his brother.

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There are still plenty of days available for anyone who wants to ask me anything. So just head on over here, choose a date and drill my brain.

Okay, for [livejournal.com profile] septembers_coda:

Describe your greatest moment of fannish excitement. :-)

Oh, wow, so many to choose from but these are the ones that immediately sprang to mind.

Cut for length )
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There are still plenty of days available for anyone who wants to ask me anything. So just head on over here, choose a date and drill my brain.

Thanks to all who have already left questions, all of them very interesting. Some I already know the answers to, others I'm going to have to actually think about but I'm really looking forward to answering each and every one.

So, it's Dec 1st here in Oz, first day of summer (bring it on.... I hate cold, rainy weather) and my birthday and the first question is from [livejournal.com profile] septembers_coda:

What is your earliest birthday memory? Or, if you prefer, the best.

Hmmm, this one is a toughie. Thanks, bb. :-)
I don't really have a lot of memories of my birthdays. They were all pretty low-key, usually just with a few close school friends and family, nothing really spectacular. I mostly remember being asked where I wanted to go to have my birthday dinner and always saying I wanted to go the local pancake house and I always wanted a chocolate cake with chocolate icing and freckles.

The one that stands out the most was my 21st in 1999. My mum had passed away in late Oct, '99 and I had to be talked into still having a birthday dinner which was the last thing I wanted. However, it turned into a really nice night with just my dad, brothers, aunts and uncles and my nana (Mum's mum). Everyone shared so many wonderful memories of my mum, most of which I'd never heard before, so it almost became a joint celebration of her life and mine. Still, I would have given absolutely ANYTHING for mum to have been there and even now, 25 years later, I still miss her and shed tears for all the things she never got to see her kids do and the grand-kids she never had the chance to meet and cuddle and spoil.

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