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[personal profile] krait
I generally keep my real life out of my fandom, but I feel like the new year is a good time to cross the streams and provide a bit of a general "state of the Krait" update.

Bullet points?

* In the last year, my life has changed a lot! I have purchased a house, moved into said house, adopted two cats, and come to the conlusion that I must get a better job this year, as quickly as possible.

* I am Not Good at the things that everyone says you need to do to get a new job, so this is a cause of low-key panic, avoidance, and self-blame depending on the day.

* What with the new house and all, I don't have internet set up! I've been using a wi-fi hotspot since my parents have a password for it, but some days it's fine and other days it takes three hours to load a single page. There's no way to predict which way it will be at any given time I open the laptop, either, so when it does work I have to prioritise Important Real Life things like checking on my bank balance. Or playing DragonCave.

* Given all of the above, my writing is very sporadic; mostly, it isn't happening. Having an unfinished WIP hanging around on AO3 is another source of low-key panic and blame, so I guess I have learnt a lesson from that experiment. I want to finish it! I just am not in the porning place right now, and haven't been in a while. :/

* I'm still reading fic! Fanfiction, it turns out, is even better with toasty-warm kitties piled on your lap. :D Sorry for my lack of comments, authors; I've been reading a lot of downloaded PDFs, given the unstable internet, so I can't even kudos when I want to. Once I've got the internet situation resolved, I definitely intend to make good on my intentions of commenting. (This is a thing I want to do in general - I used to be a good commenter! Somehow that stopped, and I don't like it.)

* Politically, this is also a tough time for me. I work for a nonprofit, so I do not have health care except through the ACA; if I lose that, I've got nothing. Add to this my pretty tight financial situation, and it probably makes sense that I sort of instinctively flinch and hiss upon hearing the name of the upcoming POTUS. (Whom both my parents voted for, so it's added a thread of underlying tension to every interaction with them, too.)

* None of which is to say that I am broke or in dire need! There isn't a house in this city I could rent for what I pay on my mortgage - which is one reason I bought a house. :D However, in the long term my income is definitely inadequate, in the sense that if several major appliances broke down, I or the cats had a serious medical emergency, my vehicle had an accident that destroyed it, etc. it would wipe me out. Which is why finding a new job needs to be a priority for me this year - ultimately, I'm sick and tired of working a job that refuses to pay me a living wage and doesn't provide benefits, and the longer I settle for this, the more likely it is that the luck will run out.

* Fandomwise, I'm still floating around. I'm mostly reading in Fullmetal Alchemist, MCU, Captive Prince, some Homestuck, and a bit of Gundam Wing and Temeraire and Vorkosigan. Haven't had a chance to dive into all the new Yuletidefic yet, but I'm really looking forward to it!

* Once I've got internet set up, I'm toying with the idea of trying Yuri on Ice, since everybody seems so excited about it.

* Expect cat pictures at some future date. :D

Date: 2017-01-10 02:03 am (UTC)
princessofgeeks: (Default)
From: [personal profile] princessofgeeks
Hi!

Date: 2017-01-10 02:06 am (UTC)
sholio: sun on winter trees (Default)
From: [personal profile] sholio
I'm pretty sure hissing and flinching is the only reasonable reaction ...

Fingers crossed that your job hunt goes well. And fandom too, in spite of internet woes!

Date: 2017-01-10 02:30 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] meicdon13
I hope you find a new job soon! *waves You Can Do It banner*

I've also promised myself that I'd comment more on fics this year. Sometimes I feel silly because it seems like I'm just writing the same thing over and over again in the comments, but I just think about how nice I feel when I get a comment haha.

Yuri!!! On Ice is great! (Just avoid the Tumblr side of the fandom.)

Date: 2017-01-10 04:49 am (UTC)
edenfalling: stylized black-and-white line art of a sunset over water (Default)
From: [personal profile] edenfalling
I will also be looking for a new job starting in April (I want something full-time rather than a part-time job and a seasonal job), so we can be Not Good at job-hunting in solidarity. *wry*

Also, yay kitties! :)

Date: 2017-01-10 06:03 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] azurelunatic
Good to hear from you, and hooray cats and such!

I recently had to explain in very small words to a friend (not sure how he voted) why losing healthcare is bad for someone with chronic illnesses that will be lethal if left untreated.

Date: 2017-01-10 02:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] feuervogel
Hi!

I got your card and the teas. Thank you :D

Also Yuri on Ice <3 <3 <3

Date: 2017-01-10 03:25 pm (UTC)
isis: (Default)
From: [personal profile] isis
Congratulations on the cat acquisition, and good luck with the job stuff! (And I got tea! Thank you!)

Date: 2017-01-15 07:48 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] clawdine
Happy new year! <3

Yuri on Ice is GREAT. Lemme know if you need a place to stream it from. :)

Date: 2017-01-17 11:04 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] anotherfmafan
Yay this! I would love to see a "State of Krait" post every once and a while! <3

The fight against WIPS when RL comes to call (or muse issues, or both) is not a fun one by any means, but don't let it get you too down! Surely you will be back at it having a blast soon.

I love your commitment to commenting! \o/ I also am determined to keep myself commenting, but when you get busy it is a challenge, for sure. Especially of late I have been behind. >_<

Thanks for keeping us updated and we will be glad to have you back around when you get things settled down! :)
Wishing you the very best of luck on the job front!!!

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