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06 September 2010 @ 07:25 pm
So this is the awkward part...  

Um, hi guys. It's been about 10 months. Turns out I'm not dead, in case anyone was wondering. My last post was back in November after Seasonal Spuffy. I guess in some ways that was the straw that broke the camel's back. There was a lot of angst tied up with the twp ficathons I had signed up for, my participation in fandom had been waining for some months, and I just had to take a break. A full work schedule wasn't very conducive for my writing and I haven't written anything since then. Ever since I graduated from schoo two years ago, I've been very engaged with work and socializing.
 
My new fandom, if you want to call it that, is Lady Gaga. I regularly stop by GagaDaily, her main fan forum, to read news, watch concert clips, etc. I don't really participate though. I'm back to lurker status and have never felt the urge to forge friendships or conversation with other fans as my interest in her is very personal and I never feel the need to justify or debate what she does. She has also sparked an interest in me to go and see live music again, so there's been a lot of concert going th last few months. 

There's also been travel, which will always be one of my greatest joys. In April and May I was in Paris, Barcelona and Mexico for a total of 3 weeks. This summer I also made it to Minneapolis to visit only_passenger  and spent a week in Cape Cod. I'm trying to get my finances together to take a two week trip to Australia in November/December.
 
I've been very into True Blood and just finished watching Season 2 a week ago, which prompted me to think of Buffy and the LJ community. The last two days I've been rereading some of my fics and feeling a bit nostalgic. Sometimes I miss writing and I certainly miss interacting with you all. Setting the time aside to engage though is difficult and not anything I can commit to. Regardless, I did want to stop by say hello and find out how you all are doing.
 
I might have some words left in me yet. I just need to find where they've gone off to.


 
 
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louise39: x  night skylouise39 on September 6th, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC)
::Waves hello::

So glad you have been enjoying globe-trotting! And your excursions into a music fandom!

Happy to see you again; always a pleasure. Don't be a stranger!
ClawofCat: buffy smileclawofcat on November 26th, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
I feel very guilty for not responding way sooner. Just wanted to say you've always been so sweet and I always smile when I get a comment from you. Hope you're doing well :)

I'm going to write a short post about life stuff in a few minutes, so there will be more updatey-ness. Happy Thanksgiving!
hello_spikeyhello_spikey on September 6th, 2010 11:49 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Good to hear from you!

Now I'll have to post that fic I wrote for your birthday after all. :P

I just finished True Blood Season 2 too! Loving it! And I hear good things about season 3 (when I'm not covering my ears and la la la-ing to avoid spoilers.)
ClawofCat: crapclawofcat on November 26th, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
*waves* Sorry for not responding waaaay sooner. I fail. Exact some sort of creative punishment for my tardy response. Bet you can come up with something real wicked >:D

Ooooh, what sort of fic did you write/think of writing for my bday?

I tried streaming True Blood S3, but my computer was being a bitch about it. Do you have any good streaming sites to recommend? I don't want to wait for the DVD next June! Though, I will admit, I watched practically all the sex scenes on Youtube already, lol.
The Mezzaninedeird1 on September 7th, 2010 12:05 am (UTC)
I'm trying to get my finances together to take a two week trip to Australia in November/December.

You are? Cool! Come say hi!


(Where are you going in Australia? Which city?)
ClawofCat: headdeskclawofcat on November 26th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
First - I suck at not responding waaaay sooner.

Second - I suck cause I'm not going to Australia anymore. It turned out that it was much more expensive than I could afford and I didn't have adequate resources to plan a trip that big. I'm actually going to Hawaii December 1-16, so half way between NYC and Australia. I'm really looking forward to it. Australia is still on my bucket list though. I'll get there eventually, damnit.
The Mezzaninedeird1 on November 27th, 2010 02:22 am (UTC)
:(

If you ever get here, come to Melbourne! I'll show you around.
ClawofCat: gropeclawofcat on November 27th, 2010 02:40 am (UTC)
Absolutely. I love native tour guides. Thanks for the offer. And if I go about planning it, I'll definately hit you up for advice. It was tough being stuck trying to plan a trip for 3 other people that didn't want to help with the research.
Recovering Fundamentalist: togetherflyingichthyo on September 7th, 2010 12:37 am (UTC)
Good to see you again, darlin'!
ClawofCat: giddyclawofcat on November 26th, 2010 10:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks! *waves*

Sorry for not responding sooner =/
slaymesoftlyslaymesoftly on September 7th, 2010 01:26 am (UTC)
*waves* It's nice to know you're alive and kickin'. :) This is a good time in your life for travel, exploring new ideas, making new friends, and stuff like that. There will still be fandoms to play in if and when you have the time and interest. Enjoy!
ClawofCat: fuffy party it upclawofcat on November 26th, 2010 10:28 pm (UTC)
Yes, all very wise words. Recently, I've been revisiting fandoms that I loved as a kid. I was trying to find Garagoyles and Edward Scissorhands fanfiction the last few weeks. Wow. Really tough. Talk about fandoms that are dead =/ I kinda wanted to write some, but then thought no one will read it, so F that.

Sorry for the belated response, btw. Going to post an update later today. Have stuffs to talk about. Hope you're well and Happy Thanksgiving!
lostboy_ljlostboy_lj on September 7th, 2010 01:58 am (UTC)
Well, well, well, look what the cat dragged in from Paris! Bienvenue, mon petit chercher la femme nikita.

Good to hear you report in, at least. My old lady is also Googoo for Gaga. Personally, Lostboy don't Getget it, but on the other hand I'm not exactly a cultural mandarin. I liked "The Expendables."

As for those words, check your other pants. You'd be suprised what you leave in there.

Cheers!
LB
ClawofCat: hugsclawofcat on November 26th, 2010 10:31 pm (UTC)
Sorry I took forever to respond to this. I've missed ya, LB. How the fuck are ya? Married and everything? Damn. Time does fly. Are you still in the city? We should catch up sometime. I just got an email the other day from TC, who I also hadn't heard from in years.

I'm off to Hawaii in a few days for two weeks, so the jetsetting continues. Psyched as hell about it. Also seeing Gaga at MSG in February. I should compare notes with your wife ;)
mendenbar01mendenbar01 on September 7th, 2010 03:29 am (UTC)
Hello back. Have missed you but can easily understand. RL gets in the way of lots of things but sometimes it is pretty spectacular and worth it. I think you should look in your closet in the luggage with the most travel stickers (I know they don't do that anymore but it was fun when they did) and you will probably find the missing words there.

If you do, wonderful; if you don't? Have a great time!

D
ClawofCat: fangel wisdomclawofcat on November 26th, 2010 10:45 pm (UTC)
Sorry for the ridiculously belated reply. It's a sad thing when you're only free enough to answer LJ comments cause it's a holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks for the kind words about my travels. I'm actually going to go to Hawaii December 1 - 16 instead of Australia. Aus was too expensive and I couldn't adequately plan it in the time I had. I'll be doing cool excursions and stuff in Hawaii, but I'm sure I'll have lots of down time where I don't have to do anything. I'm going to bring a notebook for sure and hope that I can do a little writing. Not sure what about or if it will be fanfiction, but I'm happy for anything that comes.
mendenbar01mendenbar01 on November 27th, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
If nothing else, notes on scenery, activities, interesting people, whatever comes up that will make excellent fiction fodder for a future time (forgive me.)

Have safe trip and a wonderful time.

D
ClawofCat: coc spuffy kissclawofcat on November 27th, 2010 01:57 am (UTC)
Thanks. Will certainly do that. I squeezed out a little Spuffy drabble after my first trip to Mexico, so you never know. They could be surfing and eating pineapple by the time I get back, lol.
sueworld2003sueworld2003 on September 7th, 2010 05:44 am (UTC)
*waves* Hi there love. Good to see you again. :D
ClawofCat: CoC spike profileclawofcat on November 26th, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
Sorry for the stupendously belated response, but thanks! Hope you're doing well.
petzipellepingo: waving white rabbit by peaces_iconspetzipellepingo on September 7th, 2010 07:58 am (UTC)
We've missed you, welcome back.
ClawofCat: Laughclawofcat on November 26th, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
LOL, thanks. What a cute gif. Sorry for the absurdly belated response. I'll be posting an update shortly.

Hope you're doing well and Happy Thanksgiving!
Rebcake: btvs_spi_hellorebcake on September 7th, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
Nice to see you here again! Life is indeed a banquet, and I'm always happy to hear about you partaking of it! I totally understand the interest in Gaga. I had fun turning my sister on to her stuff this summer. She has toddler, so even though she's a cool, art-world New Yorker, she's a bit out of the loop, pop-wise. That's another stage of life that you'll find interferes with fandom. Follow your bliss, darling! If we can provide a tiny bit of that here, all the better for us!
ClawofCat: yayclawofcat on November 26th, 2010 10:54 pm (UTC)
Eek, sorry for the belated response. Kinda unacceptable that it takes a holiday weekend for me to get my butt on LJ and reply to comments from two months ago =/

However! I hope you and the fam are doing well and you enjoyed your Thanksgiving. How did I know you'd be a Gaga fan? I'm going to see her at MSG (again) in February. Is your sister going, too?

I'm going to post a little update in a few mintutes but December 1-16 I'll be vacationing in Hawaii. I have a layover in San Francisco. Was thinking of staying because a friend of mine was attending UC Hastings for law school, but she dropped out and came back to New York, so I'll be in the airport that whole time. When I do come back out to Cali (and I want to!) we're due for some hanging out.
Rebcake: ats_ciao_ilonarebcake on November 27th, 2010 12:30 am (UTC)
Let me know via PM what your layover times are. With security, it might be a bear, but maybe we could get coffee or something? It's just this Wednesday!
Cordykitten: kazzy_cee  Spike peek-a-boocordykitten on September 7th, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)

*waves* hello to you :)
ClawofCat: having funclawofcat on November 26th, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC)
Hi! Hope you're well. Sorry for the long overdue response. Life's been crazy.
Jodystrangebint on September 8th, 2010 01:24 am (UTC)
Yeah, I really hope you come back
And do more Spike/Faith stuff. But that's just me. You are a good writer in general and should keep it up,
ClawofCat: spike notasparkclawofcat on November 26th, 2010 10:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Yeah, I really hope you come back
Thanks. I do miss writing and I should keep it up. Being an adult doesn't leave as much time though, and I'm usually very busy with work. Fanfic just isn't a priority right now, but I'd like to get back into it. I'm going to on vacation for 2 weeks starting December 1, so maybe my mind will wander and I'll latch onto an idea that won't let go. It's been too long! It was so much easier with all the free time I had when I was in college.
dragonflylady77: fall end kissdragonflylady77 on September 8th, 2010 07:05 am (UTC)
*waves like a mad woman*

I'd been wondering where you'd disappeared to!
*\o/* for travelling!!!

You're coming to Australia? What about New Zealand? =P

&hearts
ClawofCat: comics: kitty want getclawofcat on November 26th, 2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
Hee hee. You're so cute. So sorry for not responding sooner. Epic fail on my part =/ I hope you and the kids are doing well.

I'm actually going to Hawaii now. Australia was too expensive for me to pull off and I didn't have enough resources to really research going in the time I had. Hawaii is a nice compromise though. It's halfway between NYC and Ausrtalia, lol. I'm excited. I'm going in less than a week!
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ClawofCat: spikesmilesclawofcat on November 26th, 2010 11:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks, hon. So sorry it's taken so long to respond. I suck. Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.

I'm going to post again a little later tonight. I'm trying to get back into posting. Not doing a very good job so far =/ I miss you guys.
KSena: Books dammit! made by sapphiresilverkseenaa on September 18th, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
Well, one doesn't HAVE to be involved with a fandom to be a part of LJ, after all. ;-) And there is nothing wrong to jump between fandoms either, says I. :-) Good to hear from you though.
ClawofCat: good timesclawofcat on November 26th, 2010 11:06 pm (UTC)
All very true! However, the stuff I'm interested in doing seem super conducive to LJ. I tried to reading Gargoyles and Edward Scissorhands fanfic recently. Wow. There is like none out there. Talk about uber dead fandoms =/

So sorry for the belated response btw. Of course it takes a holiday to free up my time. Guh. *eyeroll*
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