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Home again, home again, jigetty--jig

We're back from our cross-country trip, a few days early since we decided we could do California any old time and scooted for home. I'm triaging my email and unpacking, while stealing a few minutes here and there to work on a BSG vid that's been taunting me for the past 2 weeks.

So, please feel free to distract me. If there's anything you've written in July that you'd like me to read and comment on, link to it here! You can rec other people's goodies too, but I'm particularly interested in the self-pimpage.

Now here's a few highlights from the last half of my trip.

Strange Places
* The Louisiana bayou buzzes and whispers slyly all around you. There's something there, elusive, just out of sight.
* The limestone caves of Carlsbad, New Mexico have a cool and echoing stillness to them. The stone has an energy like a great sleeping creature.

Strange Beasties
* Road-runners. Love those little guys. My partner's response when we first saw one was, "What's wrong with that crow? It's acting really weird."
* There is some bug in the South that sits in trees and makes loud noises like an alien invasion. What ARE those things?
* Saw two black bear cubs wandering around near the road in the Great Smokey Mountains without their mother. Felt like calling the bear-version of Child Protective Services.
* If you ever get the chance, bring a dog to a Wildlife Ranch. You have to keep the windows of your car rolled up, but watching your dog bark ferociously at emu, gazelles, antelope, zebras, etc. is not to be missed. The zebras were the only ones who responded to the frothing predator we brought into their midst. All the others chewed their cud and stared stupidly at her through the window.

Strange Weather:
* Spent three hours driving through a wild light show of a lightning storm on the Florida panhandle. The flashes made the clouds glow, lighting up whole sections of the sky.
* Encountered the shattering power of a Texas rain storm, flooding the highway with 2 inches of rain in under 15 minutes, as we huddled off the side of the road, hoping anyone mad enough to drive by would see our hazard lights and not hit us.
* Tendrils of rain stretched down from dark storm clouds to a mesa in Utah, making a dancing, rippling curtain in the dusk.


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Jul. 27th, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC)
* There is some bug in the South that sits in trees and makes loud noises like an alien invasion. What ARE those things?

I've always heard them called cicadas?

* Saw two black bear cubs wandering around near the road in the Great Smokey Mountains without their mother. Felt like calling the bear-version of Child Protective Services.

Oh, God, how bad was the bear-jam of traffic slowing to look at the poor things? And how'd you like the Smokies?

It sounds like you had a great time in the SW! (Did you get any pictures of the mesa and the rain?)
Jul. 28th, 2007 04:38 am (UTC)
Ah, cicadas! I've come across the word a few times before. Never knew they were so very very bizarre. Not much of a bear-jam, luckily. The Smokies were nifty. I especially liked the overlooks where you could see the mist eating the foothills.

I don't believe in cameras. I much prefer the pictures in my head.
Jul. 28th, 2007 09:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, cicadas are kinda the white-noise generators of Southern summer evenings. And the scenic overlooks in the Smokies are just gorgeous, yes!!

::grins:: I was just hoping for a mesa pic for the rest of us, but mostly I'm with you -- I keep my pictures in my head.

As to self-pimping, I wrote a HL/Magnificent Seven fic, and it's over here.
Jul. 27th, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC)
You're home!! Missed you. Glad you had a fun vacation. We love road trips, but haven't done a month long one yet -- two weeks has been the longest.

Errr... self-pimpage [cringes] So... welcome home! [g]

Were the bugs cicadas? I know they make a noise like that when I heard them in AZ once.
Jul. 28th, 2007 04:41 am (UTC)
*waves* Glad to be home! I have a new appreciation for my bed. It never suddenly claims to have no vacancies and makes me drive another two hours.

Rhi says the alien invasion bugs are cicadas. I'm happy that my goofy description was enough to ID them.
Jul. 27th, 2007 11:50 pm (UTC)
Welcome hoooooooooooome! Sounds like a fabulous trip! :)
Jul. 28th, 2007 04:42 am (UTC)
Thanks brynn, it was fantabulous! I'm very glad to be back in Seattle, though.
Jul. 28th, 2007 12:18 am (UTC)
Your dog story reminds me of Steinbeck's Travels with Charley. I think it was the bears that riled Charley up.

I've been posting a serial, Poor Roger, on my LJ (also on IJ and on HLAllFic). Highlander, what else.
Jul. 28th, 2007 04:43 am (UTC)
Poor Roger, got it bookmarked, thanks!
Jul. 28th, 2007 04:06 am (UTC)
Welcome back! You guys covered a lot of ground! Hope you missed most of the smoke. Time to kick back, relax, and grok some fic!
Jul. 28th, 2007 04:44 am (UTC)
Thanks dear! It was a grand old trip. Saw some smoke, or maybe it was dust, out in southern Idaho, but it wasn't a hazard.

I am ALL about the relaxing right now. Need a vacation after my vacation.
Jul. 28th, 2007 04:10 am (UTC)
Welcome home! It sounds like a fantastic trip just from these little snippets (well, except possibly the 2 inches of rain in 15 minutes). I look forward to hearing more about it.

I didn't write anything but I did finish the Ray/Ray vid if you're interested.
Jul. 28th, 2007 04:45 am (UTC)
Oh, you finished the Ray/Ray vid?!? What a HUGE challenge that must have been! Downloading now!
Jul. 28th, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC)
Here you go--ask for self-pimpage and self-pimpage you shall GET. I kinda lost my mind this month, apparently.

Title: After
Length: 2600 words
Rating: NC-17
Notes: Fraser/Kowalski established relationship
Warning: Deathfic.


Title: Restraint
Length: 300 words
Rating: R
Notes: Kowalski/various.


Title: Radio Fraser
Length: 260 words
Rating: G
Radio Fraser

Title: Good Lieutenant
Setting: Post-"Call of the Wild"
Characters: Everybody at the station
Rating: PG-13 for language
Warnings: Really mild het, some other hinty stuff, a joke lifted from "Angel."
Length: 750 words
Notes: Done for the prompt of "Good morrow, good lieutenant; I am sorry for your displeasure; but all will sure be well."

Good Lieutenant"

Title: Thursdays
Characters: RayK/RayV
Setting: Between Seasons 2 & 3
Rating: NC-17
Length: 5,100 words
Notes/Warnings: This is my first Ray/Ray. It's also a bit more explicit than I usually get, and there's a dubious-consent issue. Yeesh. Also, I guess it counts as an AU--I don't think it seriously messes with any of the events of canon, but it does have Ray and Ray meeting before Vegas. This one was just determined to go all sorts of new places. Oh, and done for the prompt of "I could have better spared a better man."

Jul. 28th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
Yippee! Lotsa good stuff to read. And you wrote deathfic, too. I have this unholy fascination with deathfic.
Jul. 28th, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, and cicadas are indeed awesome. The different--uh, subspecies, I guess?--of them have different lengths of underground hibernation--years-long cycles for some of them. And some years, when they come up from underground, there are just BILLIONS of them, and the nighttime noise turns into a rhythmic ROAR, and they shed their skins and get much bigger and winged (and red-eyed!), and the very most cool thing is that they leave their empty husks, with a split up the back, all over the pine trees. And if you take them off the bark carefully they're so perfect that the wee little claws can still hang onto your finger.

Um. I like bugs.
Jul. 28th, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC)
Nifty! I can just picture you spending hours playing with the cicada husks as a wee lil girl.
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