Cool Shindig and (no) hot water
Headed to Rob and Debs in Concord NH for the semi monthly New England Browncoats Shindig. Spent time around the fire chatting about all and sundry things firefly and scifi in general. Also met Kevin DeCandido, the author of the Serenity novelization. As well as several Buffy Verse/Trek and original Novels. Also met his lovely lady, Wrenn, who brought Italian bread fresh mozzarella and prosciutto direct from NYC's Little Italy.

Got home and the water heater in the house had died. One trip to Lowes and $251 later for a new one and we have hot water again (Thanks to John, Rose's soon to be son in law for installing the new one)

Work's going well with OT most weeks. However that leaves no time for writing (or updating my LJ)

That's all for now.

Just uploaded the latest chapter of I Choose You at and Twisting the Hellmouth.

For those of you who don't know. My muse has run away with all my other storylines. However, another plot bunny attacked and I'm now doing a Buffy/Firefly crossover.

Pairings will be Willow/River, plus the usual Mal/Inara, Simon/Kaylee. Thinking of at least doing a Faith/Jayne pairing and I'm not sure what's gonna happen with Dawn and Buffy. Thinking of trying to find a way to bring Xander back too.

What American accent do you have?
Created by Xavier on

Western. Like Midland, Western is another accent that people consider neutral. So, you might not actually be from the Western half of the country, but you definitely sound like it.

And if you're not from the West, you are probably one of the following:
(a) A Pittsburgher - the quiz can't tell the difference;
(b) Someone from Canada (probably southern Ontario) who doesn't have a Canadian accent;
(c) Someone from northern New England who doesn't have a New England accent; or
(d) Someone from Texas or the Heartland who was born after 1980.
You are definitely not from New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Detroit, the Deep South, etc.</font>

Take this quiz now - it's easy!
We're going to start with "cot" and "caught." When you say those words do they sound the same or different?

Defiantly choice C. Northern New England here...

I Choose You, Chapter 2
Here is Chapter 2 of my Buffy/Firefly crossover. Another player enters the stage...

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I choose You
Okay... I know I have a bunch of other writing irons in the fire but when the inspiration hits, you gotta roll with it.

I have been writing crossovers a lot lately and this one is no exception.

My primary subject is of course, Firefly. And thanks to my paid HULU subscription, I've been able to catch up with lots of back episodes of Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

Hence this, My first Firefly/Buffy crossover piece.

Pairings are standard for most of the crew and is yet another post BDM (Firefly) and also follows after Season 7 of Buffy but ignores the season 8 comics (because I haven't rad them)

Right now, the ships will be, Mal/Inara, Simon/Kaylee, Jayne/Whatever woman is willing/available, River/Willow, Zoe/Wash's Memory and the Child he left her with.

Buffy and Faith are not paired up but who knows where this may go. Might do Faith/Jayne but I'm not sure. I'm just going where the plot bunnies take me.

Anyway. I'm only posting this on LJ to start. I might later put it up on and twisting the hellmouth.

So here it is... the title is a slight homage to the last episode of Buffy, "Chosen"

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All I can say is....

Just when you start seeing the light at the end of the tunnel...
It turns out to be the dang train again.

Just as I am just about to emerge from the Lien on my wages by the IRS. The company I work for has decided to change the policy on use of company vehicles.

Ever since I became a crew chief/driver, I have had a company pickup truck that I took home. It was sort of an exception since I live 45 miles from the office.

I've been driving a company rig for over a year. This has benefited the company when there were pop up jobs on weekends since there I was, with a truck sitting in my yard, rather then an hour away in Essex when the job is ten miles from home.

It also benefited me since I for the last year have had no commute costs.

Now... the new policy will be that I can still take the truck home on weekdays but I have to return it on Friday night and then I can pick it up on Sunday night for the following week.

That means I have to drive 180 miles (Two round trips) in my own car (Which is broken and parked for the winter at the moment) at my own expense so the company truck can sit in the parking lot for less than 48 hours...

Ad in the fact that the truck itself will be making the same round trip and packing on mileage, and the fact that my car will be sitting in an unsecured lot, 45 miles from home and unavailable to me if I need it...

It just doesn't make sense. My supervisor told me when I tried to explain this to her, the the other crew chiefs drove their cars to the lot to take a truck.

While true, it doesn't negate the fact that all of the other crew chiefs live within a 15 mile radius of the office.

So... here I am faced with having to drop $600 plus to fix my car, re-insure it and then get a current state inspection sticker on it, just so I can blow at least a tank of gas and about 4 hours of my already too short weekend just shuttling vehicles around and letting my car sit somewhere I can't use it myself for 5 days.


If I spend the money to get the heater fixed in my car, it will be so I can use it for myself. NOT the gorram company!

If they will not make accommodation for me about this, I will be looking for other work. If this is how they treat the one guy who always says yes when there's a call out, get up at 3 am to go to a job three hours away in another state and stuck with them when work got tight, then I don't want to work there anymore.

Guess it's time to polish up the Resume... Of course, I'll need to get my car fixed regardless so I can get to another job.... If I can find one. It took me a year on unemployment to get this job.

Yep... it's the train about to run me over.

What do I have to be thankful for?


Rose's Cancer is still in remission, I still have a job, the dogs are relatively healthy, my tendinitis is almost healed and Rose's daughter is moving back in. Moving back in? You're thankful for that?

Yep. Amy's a good kid... Kid. who am I kidding (LOL) Amy is only 12 years younger than I am. Anyway, she'll probably be back here by the end of the weekend.

and we're NOT having turkey for dinner on Thanksgiving. We had a full Turkey dinner two weeks ago when Amy and Storm (her daughter) were able to come over.

Instead we're doing a nice beef eye round roast with all the trimmings done up in the crock pot for at least 8 hours.

Yay for not being traditional

2011 Browncoat Ball
Yippy!!! The New England Browncoats will be hosting the 2011 Browncoat ball at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick, RI on the weekend of October 21-23, 2011.

Hope some of my Browncoat friends can make it.

Quick update...
Haven't posted here in a while but I'm still kicking.

Finally finished up Quest. Now maybe I can get back on the other three story lines I have going.

Also, for you Chuck fans....

I didn't know Zach could sing this well.


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