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04 August 2011 @ 11:25 pm
Fic! Knackered! Trains! Not in that order!  
If the ability to be productively overworked while being wildly underslept were an Olympic sport, Australia and Britain would both be wooing me with scads of cash and shoulder massages!

As it is, thank goodness for under-eye concealer is all I can say. However, magazine comes together brilliantly, ukulele progresses – I can play three songs remotely competently! I learned a tricky thing!, second aquaerobics session far less arm-achy than the first, though I did slack off and not go to the gym tonight due to high likelihood of falling asleep on treadmill and creating an incident.

They are talking about very fast trains down the east coast of Australia, they have been talking about this for years. Why they do not just construct such a system given it would be Fabulous, I cannot tell you.

Finally, I wrote a fic as a pinch hit for Glompfest. It will probably be reposted here at some point in the future, when I have enough brain to look over it for any surviving lupin moments, but for now, you can find it at the comm: 

Doing the Lambeth Walk

Summary: There are only three traditional choices for the cashed-up hero after victory. Harry Potter is too young to settle down and provide the wizarding world with a happy ending, and has too acute a sense of humour to spiral downwards into a spectacular flame-out. That leaves a life of good works. Choosing to lead it in Muggle Brixton comes with its own set of challenges, including Malfoys in the biscuit aisle.
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: All Harry Potter characters herein are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No copyright infringement is intended.
Warning(s): Mentions of other people’s drug and alcohol abuse, Harry runs a centre that does some rehab work.
Epilogue compliant? Not in the least.
Word Count: ~26,300

Author's notes all over there, and the glompee does fabbo podfics, bless her cotton socks, AND is a cyclist! (One of us! One of us!)

OH! that wasn't the final, this is! Largest textile made from spider silk coming to the V&A! I followed the story of the production of that fabric and it's AMAZING. I think it's in Chicago now. See it if you can! (And clearly that means, yes, I will be in London in May.)

AutumnHearti_autumnheart on August 4th, 2011 01:51 pm (UTC)
Yay - she lives! I'm glad the mag is responding to all the hard work you've put in, and am following the reports of ukelele practice with some amusement, because there seems to be a minor plague of the things around at the moment.

I think I will have to save your fic as my reward for getting to the end of tomorrow - insufficient awake left to start it tonight...

What's a lupin moment?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 4th, 2011 02:27 pm (UTC)
You know that Monty Python sketch where they took the piss out of Robin Hood and he gave lupins to the poor? Ever after, total numpty = complete lupin.

I feel ALMOST certain there are other people in the world to whom this is a normal figure of speech. But alas, memory of woman with head injury ;-)

I barely live! Making sure to do exercise every second day at least and no less than 15 minutes on the uke a day, often more. Must make sleep a priority for next week!
Hollyhollyxu on August 4th, 2011 02:06 pm (UTC)
(♥ FIC! BRB.)

Your productivity continues to amaze, though I think maybe in the interests of not falling asleep face-first in your coffee, you should consider a vacation.

I work in a coffee shop and regularly fall asleep. The irony is not lost on me.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 4th, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
I gave up coffee 14 months ago. THIS WAS CLEARLY A MISTAKE!!!

And I am planning to take as much of November off as I can manage :-) It would all have been fine, except I had to pull 64 pages forward by two months (ie, do them early) which was bad, because it's just me at the moment :-(

I just reread all the Temeraire books because I can only reread when exhausted -- I want to talk about them at length! Must sleep and then maybe a post.
this mundane stuff called lifewinnett on August 4th, 2011 02:12 pm (UTC)
That spider silk scarf is so awesome! 5 years, and they let the spiders go. I wonder what species of spiders. And Spider silk has one of the highest tensile strengths of any material, so I wonder if you can lift up a 747 with the scarf. :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 4th, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
Isn't it great? I can have a hunt through my textiles journals, there was a v good article in one the other year. And I am sure you could lift something very heavy indeed, but I just want to wear it :-)
Fire Jugglerfire_juggler on August 4th, 2011 02:19 pm (UTC)
Go bicycles!!!!! The perfect mode of transportation! I'll never understand why more people don't pedal. ♥
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 4th, 2011 02:37 pm (UTC)
Alas, I no longer do in Sydney after three major accidents. The motorists here are homicidal maniacs. But everywhere else in the world, YES! (Here I walk, bus and train, and occasionally take my bike to the park for old time's sake. Poor old bike, but I can't afford to break any more bones.)
Meredythmeredyth_13 on August 4th, 2011 03:52 pm (UTC)
May? *perks up*


You - sleep you must.

Also, there's no way they'll ever get fast trains running down the east coast. They haven't developed the technology yet (and likely never will) to address the 20 year time shift when you cross the queensland border.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 5th, 2011 03:24 pm (UTC)

And it is a current plan, let's see how it survives the looming economic crisis ;-) Will keep you VERY much in the loop!
Fanartist in training: chocolatekath_ballantyne on August 4th, 2011 04:33 pm (UTC)
Well done you.
Though sleep sounds like a good plan.

The scarf is fantastic.

I can't cycle. Never could. I fall off all the time, even on exercise bikes. I ended up getting a recumbent one.
I think it's the dyspraxia. I have enough trouble staying upright when I'm walking.
Also around here you'd have to be into mountain biking. And fit as it's 70km to the shops.
There is a bus. It goes in to Bathurst once a month.

κάτι τρέχει στα γύφτικα_inbetween_ on August 4th, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
I'm really not sure about putting tumeric and lemon anywhere near eyes, but maybe try it if there's some leftover salad: http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/under+eye+treatment

(ps fyi: now that I can reply, I don't get notifications)
auntpurl: stalkerauntpurl on August 4th, 2011 10:50 pm (UTC)
I am officially asking you on a date to go to the V&A and see spider silk fabric. If I could, I'd pass you a note in class with a yes/no checkbox system. Please have tea and scones and look at spider stuff with me? *hopeful*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 5th, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)
YES! And I have TWO tabs open to reply to your posts that LJ would not let me talk to and then I did not have enough brain to type into, due to having used it too much, and now I have to go to work. BUT I MISS YOU!
auntpurl: Snoopy bitch pleaseauntpurl on August 5th, 2011 12:19 pm (UTC)
Hurrah! Listen sister, I haven't replied to people's posts where they got MARRIED and announced they were PREGNANT and stuff - I am SO BEHIND. \

auntpurl: old school partyauntpurl on August 4th, 2011 10:56 pm (UTC)
Also: never mind, my love. Sleep is for the weak. When we've killed ourselves from exhaustion, everyone will gather round and marvel at all we managed to accomplish in our tragically truncated lives. I'm with you. *solidarity fist*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 5th, 2011 12:05 am (UTC)
But I have to live to 132 if I am to have any hope of reading the books I already own! WAAAAAAAAAH!
Leochileochi on August 5th, 2011 01:06 am (UTC)
Wow, I hadn't read H/D in a very long time, and your story reminded me why I used to like that pairing in the first place. There was a plausible backstory, humour, no character bashing and PLOT. :D (And bedroom occurrences were limited to hints, which I really, really appreciated.)

Lovely story - I liked the way you portrayed both Harry and Draco and I also very much liked your other figures. They all came to life so naturally. Somehow I especially appreciated how Lucius stayed in character, even in his exile.

My compliments - that was a lovely read that made me long for more of that sort of story.

Totally unrelated:
How on earth do they make textiles of spider silk???
illereynillereyn on August 5th, 2011 01:30 am (UTC)
Naadi: hot pursuit kissnaadi on August 5th, 2011 03:39 am (UTC)
This story was absolutely delightful - and I just always fall in love with your characters and your words every time I read your stories. ♥
Leni Jess: Cat Heaven (art by Kliban)leni_jess on August 5th, 2011 04:58 am (UTC)
And a lovely fic it is too! It cheered me up immensely while hiding from my own fic-writing duties.
anna_wing on August 6th, 2011 05:03 pm (UTC)
You had me from the chocolate digestives.

The spider-silk scarf is the most astounding thing. I had thought that the lotus-fibre fabric from Myanmar was extraordinary (and it is), but this is another order of magnitude of coolth altogether. I want one, now. Loro Piana, what are you waiting for?