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1. I've taken my last dose of anti-cancer pills this morning, hopefully ever.  Nice timing.

2. Yuletide opens tomorrow.  I discovered this huge fanfic gift exchange four years ago when I was pregnant and rottenly ill with it.  One of my dwircle/LJ friends (don't even remember who!) linked to their gift .  Over the next week I found myself working through the collection as a welcome distraction and bulwark against how miserable I felt - one particular long cold train journey was made bearable by the stories I read on my little smartphone as we trundled along.

I've participated a couple of times now; not this year because for obvious reasons I didn't think I could commit to writing anything (I was right). But the amazing thing about the gift exchange is that all the stories are available to anyone to read.  I now have a little routine: I download all the fics that look interesting in the fandoms I know, and load them into my ebook library held in Calibre.  Then I browse my way through the still-anonymous fics, clicking through from the handy end link to kudos / comment / bookmark as appropriate.  I never ever finish doing this before authors are revealed (and I get emails for all the authors I'm subscribed to), but it means I can continue to read fics anonymously throughout the year.  And of course I look out for recs by others and follow those too.  It's one huge indulgent reading festival, and it starts tomorrow.

3. My children are both SO EXCITED about Christmas; I think about 90% the haul of presents under the tree, and 10% the promise of lots of indulgent food.  It's due to stop raining soon, at which point I'm dragging them to the playground to work off some of their energy.

Date: 2015-12-24 12:59 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ceb
1. I've taken my last dose of anti-cancer pills this morning, hopefully ever. Nice timing.

Woohoo! Happy Christmas :-D

Date: 2015-12-24 13:53 (UTC)
emperor: (Default)
From: [personal profile] emperor
Merry Christmas, and hurrah for the last of the anti-cancer pills!

Date: 2015-12-24 14:27 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sfred
A very happy Christmas to you and yours.

Date: 2015-12-24 14:33 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jae
Have a wonderful holiday these next few days. I'm so happy about how well you've come through this ordeal!


Date: 2015-12-24 15:07 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] silveradept
Happy Christmas. Strength and health to you from here on out.

Date: 2015-12-24 15:45 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] falena
Yay for the last dose of pills. Happy Christmas!

Date: 2015-12-24 16:50 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kore

2. Yuletide is indeed a fucking treasure. I haven't ever heard of downloading all the fics I want to look at and loading them into an ereader, but that's fucking brill. I'm going to do it too now.

Date: 2015-12-24 16:54 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rachelmanija

I am also looking forward to Yultide.

Date: 2015-12-24 17:15 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] andrewducker
Very glad for you.

Date: 2015-12-24 17:15 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kotturinn
Happy Festivus to you all!

Date: 2015-12-24 18:17 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hilarita
I hope (1) turns out to be the case! Have an awesome Christmas!

Date: 2015-12-24 20:35 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kalypso
Very glad that the cancer pills are over and hope they're not needed again! I hope Christmas meets all the boys' expectations, and that you really enjoy this Yuletide.

Date: 2015-12-24 22:50 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] crazyscot
Wahoo! Great news! May your recovery continue smoothly.

Date: 2015-12-24 16:43 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ghoti.livejournal.com
Oh wonderful! Happy Christmas :)


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