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Start with the meme, which I keep forgetting:

Day 07 - The most heartbreaking scene?

Episode four of CoE, when Jack is cradling Ianto, and says "Don't." You have to wonder if he's saying "Don't die," "Save your breath," or "Don't say it, because it'll make it real and I can't bear to lose you." I don't know if I can get behind another season of Torchwood, just because that right there was tragically epic.

Day 08 - The pairing with the most baggage?

Part of me wants to say Derek/Merideth in Grey's Anatomy, because, damn, does Meridith ever have issues. Another part of me wants to mention the small Annie/Mitchel/George threesome I have going on in my head!canon. Aside from the whole ghost/vampire/werewolf thing they have going on, these three are seriously messed up.

Day 09 - The most believable relationship?
Day 10 - Why aren't these two married in real life?
Day 11 - What is your dream pairing?
Day 12 - Who had the best wedding?
Day 13 - What is your favorite television pairing?
Day 14 - What is your favorite book pairing?
Day 15 - What is your favorite real life pairing?
Day 16 - What is the absolute worst pairing?
Day 17 - A pairing you thought would never work out, but did?
Day 18 - What is the cutest pairing?
Day 19 - A pairing you've rooted for since the beginning?
Day 20 - The "can't stand the sexual tension anymore" pairing?
Day 21 - A pairing you like and no one else understands why?
Day 22 - A pairing you hate and no one else understands why?
Day 23 - A crazy love triangle/quadrilateral that worked out great?
Day 24 - A crazy love triangle/quadrilateral that worked out badly?
Day 25 - A pairing that was/would-be adorable, but could never work out?
Day 26 - A pairing that you hated and ended up loving?
Day 27 - A pairing that you loved and ended up hating?
Day 28 - A pairing that you will never understand?
Day 29 - What ship had the best proposal?
Day 30 - Your favorite ship forever and ever and ever?

It's been such a long time since I've been able to use my go go science! tag. The last three weeks of work before I went on holidays was plagued by badly made common stocks that killed my cells, missing reagents, and the epic stress of grant writing season. I was getting dangerously close to the "I hate science and want to start [insert questionable career of your choice here, I'm thinking guppy breeding]."

That said, this week I've successfully cloned a mutation into one of the isoforms of my protein, and I've successfully detected SUMOylation of both isoforms.

In non-science terms, I've found something that contributes to our understanding of how certain nerve cells work. Ideally, this will shed light on what happens to our brains as we age and in different neurodegenerative diseases.

I've got another three to four years of work to do on this, but it isn't hopless!!!

\o/!

Also, I'm going to go to Cuba next year! It's mostly exciting, because I haven't actually gone anywhere for vacation since I was seventeen. I managed to score an invite for a course in Brazil in April, which was a free trip there (the first time I'd left southern Ontario in six years), but this will be the first for pleasure only trip in a while. [livejournal.com profile] bloodredmoon1, aka my awesome British friend, is in to go with me. We're waiting on a few more people, but I'll probably have the trip booked by next week.

On another note, I got feedback from [livejournal.com profile] fleshlycherry about by D/C BB. Lots of sections to revise and rework because she calls me on it every time I fall into summarizing/skipping scenes, for being to wordy, and for waving my slash wand and going with the "because I said so" explanation. She didn't call me on my overuse of semicolons

I'm lucky she likes me as much as she does, because she isn't even a D/C shipper.

I've gotten to thinking about my NaNo, though, which is the sequel to the BB. I'm thinking it's going to need more Crowley, and after reading Good Omens, I've decided to go with the fact that it's the same demon. That said, should I include Aziraphale?

I'm also trying to decide if I should include the crossover bit that didn't actually get hinted in the BB. It's also trying to blend in with my [livejournal.com profile] syfybigbang, because hey, that's the way my brain works, but I've put my foot down, because it's too ridiculous.

Which leads me to the only not awesome part of my day: What to do my syfy/merlin BB on?

Also, SPN premiere tomorrow! My dad's birthday party was rescheduled for Sunday, so I'll be able to watch the whole thing as it airs! I'm pathetically excited.

All of the positive vibes I'm grooving with right now have translated into helping me shed some of the weight I put on while sick, which is also happy making.

Date: 2010-09-23 10:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fleshlycherry.livejournal.com
*squishes you* I only didn't mention the semicolons because I know M did :p

And heck, I think it is pretty great that D/C isn't my main Supernatural 'ship, that way I don't let you get away with waving the slash wand. Still, I really liked the middle bits (that is to say the majority of the fic) and you know that I can ship it if the right person writes it. Once I got past my squee at the nursery scene and remembered a)that you were the author and so b)it was going to be D/C, I got quite into it :D

(also, fix your cut tag)

Date: 2010-09-24 12:12 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] notragicmercury.livejournal.com
You responded while I was posting, and since you can't preview cut tags I have to post it to make sure everything got in alright.

(BTW, I love you more than a little bit for your help).

(P.S. I removed commas in my response to you :)

Date: 2010-09-24 12:19 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] notragicmercury.livejournal.com
Also, M only mentioned my superfluous use of commas.

Personaly, I feel like the semicolon is an unloved piece of punctuation.

Date: 2010-09-23 10:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladyoneill.livejournal.com
I have one of those betas that catches all my lay/lie mistakes and poor comma usage. *g*

I'm still working on my D/C bb but I'm getting to the final scene. It's 30000 words long. *bangs head on desk*

And it's pretty much a must that if you have GO Crowley you need Aziraphale.

Which reminds me, it's about time for my yearly reading of GO. I think this year I'll dig out all the Sandman comics and read those again, too. Good winter months stuff.

Date: 2010-09-24 12:14 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] notragicmercury.livejournal.com
Mine hit 30,000. I axed the sex scene, even though I got them nearly naked and in bed together. That said, I think I'm going to have to cut a bunch and add some more stuff, so who knows how long it'll be.

Good luck with the finishing your BB, in case I haven't said it before.

I worry that Aziraphale is a lot like Cas, and it would be too much awkward angel. That said, Cas in my fic grew up human, so I could probably work it out.

Sandman is another thing I need to work through.

Date: 2010-09-23 11:34 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jebbypal
if you ever get sick of benchwork but don't mind science writing and reading, medical writing is very viable, at least in the US (I"m assume in canada as well). Just saying, there's options out there that make use of your science skills if it gets too infuriating.

Go nanomo!

Date: 2010-09-24 12:16 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] notragicmercury.livejournal.com
I'm going to kill myself doing the nanomo, I think, but it'll give me a break from the paper I hopefully get out of my results.

As for medical writing as a career, I actually like the benchwork more. I've wanted to do it since I was a teenager. I also worry that I might get assigned work I wasn't interested in, and then I'd slack off.

I thrive on frustration :)

Date: 2010-09-24 02:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fleshlycherry.livejournal.com
Now that I've had a few drinks, in the spirit of [insert questionable career of your choice here, I'm thinking guppy breeding]: did I ever tell you that I used to say to [livejournal.com profile] almound that I wanted to be an aesthetician and professional fanfic writer when my science was going badly?

Date: 2010-09-24 03:09 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] notragicmercury.livejournal.com
Certain fandoms do pay for entries. I think there was a Torchwood writing contest put on by the BBC a while ago (for instance). You also do a good job painting my nails, so that's a viable career choice, too :)

Date: 2010-09-24 06:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] larantula.livejournal.com
You know what I got from all that? "I've successfully cloned a mutation". I'm thinking the X-men next ;) Oooh! I can haz real wings? yes? XD

Date: 2010-09-24 11:44 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] notragicmercury.livejournal.com
If ever there was a reason to dislike science, it's the fact that actual cloning is boring, frustrating, and time consuming.

I can give you a protein that may or may not behave differently than the normal version. I'm not sure. I haven't gotten to the testing stage yet >.>

We are working on a mutant mouse, though. That's a step in the right direction. Picture the sharks in Deep Blue Sea, only smaller and more easily contained ;)

Date: 2010-09-24 01:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] larantula.livejournal.com
But then they multiply and kill everyone and take over the world!! O_O

Memo to self; start hoarding toilet-paper.

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