15 June 2013 @ 07:48 pm
Sixth Annual Cuddle Day!  
Only three more shopping days til... CUDDLE DAY!

June 18. IJ and LJ. Be there. I will.

Click the banner for more info!
25 March 2013 @ 04:42 pm
Word to PDF?  
I am having a HELL of a time converting the Word doc version of the complete Only Time series to PDF... I've tried converting it using a program I've used before called Nitro, plus Google Drive, plus Kindle, and the formatting gets all messed up.

Is there anyone who can convert it for me without it looking UGLY? No graphics, just headers, chapters, and double spaces between paragraphs... very, very simple formatting!


22 March 2013 @ 08:04 pm
Sorry Xie is sorry  
I've really been a bad, bad fangirl... although two of you responded to my cry for help with counting the Trevor Project fundraiser drabbles, I still haven't posted the counts. Plus, I have my entire Only Time story ready to be uploaded as a Word doc and a PDF for the many of you who requested that, and I haven't done it yet.

I will do both those things this weekend, and I'm so sorry!
06 January 2013 @ 12:32 pm
My name is Xie and I am NOT an accountant  

I really really need a couple of people to volunteer to count up the drabbles and match them to their pledges. In all the years I've been running the Gusmas fundraiser, I have never once gotten the count right. I weep at the sight of a spreadsheet. Back in the days when a "perfect" SAT was two sets of 800 scores, I got a 790 in English and a 530 in math.

Believe me when I tell you that while I can come up with prompts, write drabbles, cheerlead, comment, and write a check to honor my pledge, I truly cannot count.

So hey, help me wouldya? You can email me at xie.kay@gmail.com and put "Yes, Xie, I will save you!" in the subject line.



01 January 2013 @ 12:38 pm
New Rage the Kitten story!  
Guess who channeled a nice new Rage the Kitten story to me from heaven? REBEL!!!!

Check it out!

Rage the Kitten (Now Cat) Goes to Vermont - A holiday story by Rebel
31 December 2012 @ 10:18 pm
Gusmas -- extension  
By popular demand, I am extending the 37 Days of Gusmas until noon Eastern (New York) time on Jan 1, 2013.

If you made a pledge and you don't want drabbles posted during the extension to count toward it, please just leave me a comment and we'll make sure not to include it in our count toward your pledge!

My pledge of $1 per drabble will be honored during the extension.
31 December 2012 @ 08:17 pm
MY GIFT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  
I am speechless and honored by this gift that [livejournal.com profile] maybe742 created for me for the 2012 Queer as Folk Gift Exchange. I have watched it 4,568,987 times. I want to live in it. THANK YOU THANK YOU!

31 December 2012 @ 11:01 am
A lot of things used to be, by Xie...  

My gift exchange fic, to be exact!

TO: xheartrockx
TITLE: A lot of things used to be
GIFT REQUEST: Hurt/comfort; cancer fic
NOTE: Thanks to jule1122 for the beta!

A lot of things used to be, by Xie...
24 December 2012 @ 08:46 pm
Oh by golly...  
Have a holly jolly Christmas, everyone!


13 December 2012 @ 07:02 pm
A favor?  
There are SO many awesome drabbles being posted for the 37 Days of Gusmas challenge at IJ's qaf_drabbles, raising money for the Ali Forney Center, whose drop-in center for LGBT homeless youth was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy.

I'm so grateful to every drabbler, but I'd like to ask EVERYONE to contribute by COMMENTING on the drabbles. Please... let the drabblers know how much you appreciate everything they're doing!

If you'd like to look at the prompts and pledges, the post is here.

If you'd like to comment (PLEASE!), just go to the qaf_drabbles community on IJ and start applauding!



23 November 2012 @ 07:51 pm
The 37 Days of Gusmas 2012!  
The 37 Days of Gusmas 2012
A Queer as Folk Fundraising Drabble-athon to Benefit The Ali Forney Center,
The Nation's Largest Organization Dedicated to Homeless LGBT Youth,
Whose Drop-In Center in Chelsea Was Destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.

Nearly 4,000 kids who identify as LGBT sleep on the streets of New York City every night. The Ali Forney Center was founded to try to help those kids stay safe and alive. Their drop-in center in Chelsea in New York City was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy -- couches, computers, files -- everything. (Click here for more information.)

For the last four years, the Queer as Folk fandom has come together to raise money during the holiday season for causes that relate to experiences in the show. The Ali Forney Center was the beneficiary of our first Gusmas fundraiser, as well as last year's. This year, like last, the InsaneJournal qaf_drabbles community and LJ's drabylon are joining forces to help the Center get back on its feet after this disaster.

Here's how it works... )
23 November 2012 @ 11:10 am
The Gusmas season starts today!  
So excited... finishing up the Gusmas prompts and posts.... it will start today, with the Ali Forney Center our beneficiary, to help rebuild their Chelsea drop-in center, which was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy!

Big kisses to [livejournal.com profile] brianswalk, who has once again offered up [livejournal.com profile] drabylon to help promote the event.

Hope the Americans reading this all had a great Thanksgiving!


03 November 2012 @ 02:24 pm
37 Days of Gusmas announcement!  
UPDATE: I just learned the Ali Forney drop-in center in Chelsea was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy (read more here), so almost certainly they will be our beneficiary this year. We may do more than one, however, so please feel free to suggest any worthy cause that has some relevance to the Queer as Folk fandom. Thank you, everyone!

I had not just plans but assumptions of being able to plunge into fandom fun this week, as I had it off. Unfortunately, while I am well outside the Sandy zone, some of my co-workers were -- are -- affected, so I had to cover some things I didn't expect to. Additionally, my dog has been very ill, and in all honesty, my heart is very heavy right now.

I was planning to announce a Daphne fest, but given how close we now are to Thanksgiving, I think I'd better put that off until next year, as I'd like to do the 37 Days of Gusmas again, this time to raise money for hurricane relief efforts.

I saw that many art galleries in Chelsea lost all the art that they had stored on their ground and basement levels, that the Ali Forney center for homeless queer youth had to cancel its annual Halloween fundraiser -- their single biggest revenue source -- and of course, the general devastation in New York and the lesser impacts in Pittsburgh. All those things are relevant to our fandom and in keeping with the tradition of Gusmas, to raise money for charities inspired by our fandom and current events.

I would like to ask for three volunteers to help with the counting for the 37 Days of Gusmas this year, as I'm horrible at it, and always end up having to throw out my tally as it never matches anyone else's. Please comment if you can help with that!

If you aren't familiar with this event, here are links to past ones so you can see how it works:




I will post the prompts and rules the day after Thanksgiving, and drabbling will open that weekend, and run through New Year's Day.

As usual, I am also opening the event up to new pledges/challenges from others who want to donate. You can pledge now or when the prompts are announced, or anytime before the event ends. I'll add each new pledge as it comes in.

As you can see from looking at the previous events, some people tie their donations to all kinds of things -- specific prompts, kisses, comments... anything they want to encourage. I hope that everyone will chip in something toward the effort, and also participate as a drabbler and/or commenter.

I'm still investigating specific recipients of our donations, so if you have any thoughts on that, please comment or email me at xie.kay at gmail dot com.


16 October 2012 @ 01:00 am
Lord Tubbington approved this message  
There is a Glee fic in which Brittany becomes a veterinarian specializing in feline medicine trying to chew its way out of my brain. Sometimes I just don't know why my muses have to be so WEIRD.
25 September 2012 @ 04:14 pm
An AU writing dilemma  
So, here's my problem.

I'm writing a story called Discovery, in which Brian is a criminal defense attorney in New York. He left Pittsburgh long before the timeframe of season one, so he not only never met Justin, lots of things in his life and the lives of the gang are different. Additionally, Brian has lost touch with everyone in Pittsburgh, even Michael.

This story is set during the Stockwell mayoral race, and is a murder mystery. Since we learn the premise within a few paragraphs of the first chapter, I'll just spoil you now and tell you that Michael has been arrested for murder, and Debbie wants Brian to come home and defend him.

Now, enough about the plot, and here's the dilemma. And I'm guessing that it will be fic writers more than readers who are going to understand what I am struggling with, but I could be wrong.

I've already written an AU in which Brian and Justin meet at an older age, and in which Brian has a different career -- Pulse Point. I don't want to just do that again with a different job and a mystery added to the plot.

But more than wanting to break away plot-wise, I wanted to try to use a different feel or tone for my story. Normally, my fics "feel" like episodes of the show, albeit more focused on Brian and Justin than the show was. I love that about them, and I think my readers do as well. I certainly get a lot of positive comments about that aspect of my style.

In this story, however, I'm not trying to create that. I'm writing it like a mystery novel. I believe I still have the essence of the characters, but the rhythm of their speech, the flow of the story, are not like my other fiction, by design. I set out to do this. Only.... I keep thinking of all the writers I've seen get bored with their fandom, the canon, or their own work, and start writing AUs or different pairings (which I'm not doing), and losing the connection with the canonical characters and themes.

Of course I know it's fine for them to do that. I know it's fine for ME to do it if I want to. This isn't about giving myself permission to do what I want.

What it's about is that I'm really, really having a lot of self-doubt right now, feeling like I'm being overly loose with the characters, but equally feeling I'm caught between two stories, the one I set out to tell, and the "easy" one I keep thinking people will want to read.

I know it sounds like I'm saying, "OMG, people might not like this!", but I'm not. If I'm happy with the story, I can accept that it doesn't work for my readers. (Although honestly, given how "A" some of the "AUs" people in fandom enjoy, I doubt this will be difficult for my readers to accept, LOL.) What is worrying me is, am I just telling myself this is a challenge I've set, to move away from the familiar pace and tone of my fiction and still see if I can keep the essence of the canonical characters and themes, but actually just losing touch with those things and indulging myself in writing "canon characters in name only" original fiction, as I've seen so many writers do?

I would love, love, to hear from other writers, in any fandom, who have struggled with setting themselves new goals and challenges while still honoring the themes and characters from their canon, or anyone who might have some thoughts on this struggle. Because it's interfering with my writing, and I really don't have anyone to talk to about this. :(

15 September 2012 @ 08:38 pm
Another Harry Potter moment  
Something else I'd have never understood before I read Harry Potter happened today. I was in the rest room at a mall, and the three teenaged girls standing in front of the mirror were having this conversation:

Girl 1: No, Snape couldn't speak Parseltongue.

Girl 2: But he was learning it!

Girl 3: No, no, he tried to do it, he thought he got it right, but he said the wrong thing.

Girl 2: Okay, that's right.

I'm sure they were talking about a fic, since nothing like that happened in the movies or books, although I guess there is some other canonical material that I've never read/seen.

I love fangirls.
22 August 2012 @ 04:52 pm
Daphne celebration?  
I was thinking of having a multi-media celebration of Daphne -- fic, graphics, vids, etc. Would there be interest?
24 July 2012 @ 09:52 pm
This is how big of a geek I am  
Dear Harry Potter fans,

Tonight, I was working with my youngest Greyhound, Stella, on some of her obedience commands. I am trying to get her reliable enough to take her on off-leash walks in the woods as I can do with my other dogs.

She loves sticks, so I use them as the "lure" to get her to come, or the reward to get her to obey a command. I was holding a stick and reminding her to "stay," when I got the idea of, instead of saying "come," saying "Accio Stella!"

Of course she came flying over and grabbed the wand stick out of my hand, and what I then taught her was, instead of the command my other dogs know, "Give," "Expelliarmus!"

So now I enjoy dog training.



19 July 2012 @ 11:08 am
One True Fandom  
09 July 2012 @ 08:38 pm
My Harry Potter Moments, Revealed  
So, thank you to everyone for indulging my "decades late to the party" interest in the Harry Potter series!

My favorite character, as some of you guessed and many of you decided was "too obvious," is Snape. And the reason why is because, if you'll recall, I'm a sucker for the soulmate thing, and the enormity of his love for Lily Potter, the purity of it, really moved me.

I suppose I should have cried when Dobby died, or Hedwig, or even Lily, but I didn't. I cried once only, when Dumbledore was telling Snape that Harry had to die to stop Voldemort, and Snape objected, and Dumbledore said, "Don't tell me you've come to care for the boy?"

And Snape performed the Patronus charm, and we saw the doe sparkle around the room, then vanish. And Dumbledore says, "Lily? Still?"

And Snape says, "Always."

And I got tears in my eyes.

Normally it's not the romantic love in a story that moves me. There were so many big, huge themes in this story, and many of them were incredibly powerful. I'm really not sure why that was the one that got me. But Snape was EVIL, he was a Death Eater, and he betrayed Voldemort, returned to Dumbledore, risked everything for years after, protected a child he detested, and ultimately suffered and died, to honor this person who was kind to him, and treated him as a friend and equal. Yes, he was in love with her and she wasn't in love with him, but even in ending their friendship she at least showed him the respect of doing it for good reasons (his douchebaggery) rather than some silly misunderstanding.

The only other thing I'll say is that I'm firmly in the camp that doesn't want to dip a toe into the fanfic side of HP. I'm very happy with the canonical relationships and characters, and how everything was resolved. And you know me, I have a hard time leaving canon behind even when I'm NOT happy with it, LOL!

But I'm really glad that I finally read the books and saw the films. I had no idea how many cultural references I'd been missing... Harry Potter terms and concepts have pervaded culture everywhere, and now I know it when I see or hear it.

I also just plain enjoyed the experience of reading a long, well-plotted series, followed by an even longer series of films that were brilliantly acted -- the casting in them was stunningly good.

So while I'll never be a fangirl, I'm definitely a fan.

And again, thanks to everyone for patiently listening to me discover something most of you have known all along.