apollymi: Zack holding Cloud, doujinshi art, text reads "Dream of me" (FF7**Zack/Cloud: Dream of me)
I've got a bad case of the headaches, one of those screamers right behind my forehead. Those are the ones that I tend to blame on being lazy during the day and not getting up and doing enough. You know, the "I've rested too much" kind of headaches. Which I fucking hate, because I needed some relaxing today, not a headache.

Also, I fell at work yesterday taking a dirty napkin to the kitchen, so I have a bad case of the all over aches. I didn't damage anything, but I'm certainly sore from it today. It's been me and the kitties and the heating pad most of the day today... and that's been quite fine.


Friday, 9 December 2016 03:49 pm
apollymi: Text only, "Security is going to run you down hard" (Incep**Eames/Arthur: Security)
That's about all I have to say for myself for today. I'm so damn exhausted, and it's my own damn fault. [personal profile] katsuko and I had a bit of a screamer last night, though it never quite hit "having a domestic" levels... all because I was stressed thanks to the Wonder Twins at work last night and little shit just set me off. We did some clearing of the air, which was probably a good thing, but I could have done with the yelling and pacing and frustration and everything else before it.

I'm trying to make words happen, because that was the little thing that set us off. [personal profile] katsuko confessed that she was worried that fighting about writing was going to send me on another months' long hiatus, when I've been writing like hell all last month.

Anyway, yeah, screamer last night, so next to no sleep, which only occurred thanks to copious amounts of Nyquill.


Thursday, 8 December 2016 04:29 pm
apollymi: Giles in front of flames, text reads "Ripper" (BtVS**Giles: Ripper)
I'm up. I'm moving. Sort of. That's going to have to be good enough for everyone today.

I'm not even sure that I'll be bothering with any more makeup than I'm already wearing. To be fair, all I'm lacking right now is lipstick, which is actually the fun part, but I'll have to see how I feel when I get over to Mirko.

[personal profile] katsuko is considering setting me a goal of writing a minimum of 10,000 words a month to keep me from getting all discouraged in my own writing. I'm not sure how well that'll work. 'Discouraged' is a pretty damn mild way of phrasing how I feel in regards to my own writing, at least the non-Aliens stuff. That at least gets some appreciation.

I just don't know. I guess I'm easily discouraged lately. Hell, maybe that's why Mean Faraday decided he likes talking to me so much lately.

Either way, on to Mirko now.

Pew pew pew

Wednesday, 7 December 2016 10:17 pm
apollymi: Faraday staring off, no text (Mag7**Faraday: Middle distance)
[personal profile] katsuko and I are rewatching Guardians of the Galaxy. It's at least in part because I'm reading Guardians fic and in part because I need some Chris Pratt in my life right now. It's still a few more days until The Magnificent Seven BluRay arrives, after all.

I've been working on setting up something of a story bible for the new verse I'm working on with [personal profile] katsuko, Monstrous. It's still very early in the setup, but it'll be here.

Safe in the arms

Tuesday, 6 December 2016 09:08 pm
apollymi: Stitch looking shocked and dismayed, text reads "Oh noes!" (L&S**Stitch: Oh Noes!)
I'm so damn sleepy. All I want to go to sleep, but at the same time, while I am so damn tired, I just don't seem to have it in me to go to sleep, not yet anyway. I want to get some writing done on the various stories we have going, including the newest one we have that's completely supernatural AU. It will be glorious crack. If we don't get religious hate mail, I will be extremely disappointed.

And that's all I've got for myself for today. I'll be back to the reading I'm doing instead of writing. Dammit.
apollymi: Captain America in the middle of rubble, no text (Aveng**Cap: Devestation)
I've been rewatching the new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy. So many rewatches. So much love. So very cannot wait.

And yeah, that's about all I've got to say for myself today.

So tired

Sunday, 4 December 2016 08:13 pm
apollymi: Doujinshi art, Roy & Ed, no text (FMA**Roy/Ed: These quiet moments)
I think I'm ready to drop. I'm so damn tired and would just like to go the fuck to sleep. It's been such a rollover day. It's been raining and misty, and it just makes me want to go to sleep.

And yeah, that's about all I've got for today.

Eat for free

Saturday, 3 December 2016 01:02 pm
apollymi: Vasquez firing his two guns, no text (Mag7**Vasquez: Shootout)
I hate eat for free weekends at IKEA. I really, really do. It turns into a damn circus, especially once people start leaving their kids on the couches (usually next to me or crawling all over me or across from me). Volume control and indoor voices just aren't a thing that are happening, and I'm starting to regret being nice enough to come along with today.

At least IKEA's Christmas music is of a non-religious variety. That's a small victory, yes? I'll take it, at any rate. It doesn't mean that I don't have my own music going, but that's mostly because I need something to draw out all the damn children. I swear, I'm going to invest in a good pair of noise-canceling headphones. What I have doesn't do nearly enough. What I'm trying to figure out is if the $350 for a pair of Bose wireless noise-canceling headphones or even the $380 for a pair of Beats... or if it would be just as good to get a $100 pair of Skullcandy's.

God, I don't need to get up and go get myself candy. I haven't been doing good today, but I've been doing better. I've managed to get down to 170 pounds/77 kilograms. I still have another 30 or so pounds to go, but this does mean that I'm halfway to my goal. And most days I don't even feel hungry, but I do catch myself eating when I'm bored. And I think that's where I'm at today.

Anyway, yeah, that's where I'm at today.

So tired

Friday, 2 December 2016 01:56 pm
apollymi: Zack staring intently, no text (FF7**Zack: Intensity)
So [personal profile] katsuko had an interview for a different IKEA position this morning. It meant that we had to leave the house at just gone 7:00 this morning, to get her here on time -- or rather hella early -- so that I could be back around to Mirko in time to get the catering going. Of course, the kitchen staff were late, so I ended up having to make two separate trips, which is a hell of a hassle. Once the delivery was done, I left Mirko to come back to IKEA to pick up [personal profile] katsuko. After she gets off, we'll eat something and go back to Mirko. So much back and forthing.

But it's over and done with for a few days, which is good, I guess. Tomorrow is my day off, though I'm debating if I'm going to take that to relax around the house with the kitties or if I'll come along to IKEA or Atlantic Station for some time killing.

I did get to see Carlos make about the best panicked face when I said that, if [personal profile] katsuko hadn't been able to pick up a shift today, I had been going to get the other host to cover my shift tonight. It was sheer pants-shitting terror I saw. It was great. I think he would have actually sent another server home tonight to give [personal profile] katsuko their shift, so that he could have me on shift. I guess it's nice to feel needed?

And yeah, I think I did mention my final word count, but I kind of want to share it again, because it's that damn awesome. Here's where I ended the month:

63606 / 50000 words. 127% done!


Thursday, 1 December 2016 11:40 pm
apollymi: Kyle and Sarah, text reads "Come with me if you want to live" (Term**Kyle/Sarah: Come with me)
I survived NaNoWriMo, with 63,606 words. I still have so much story to go, though, so I'm not planning on even taking a break during December like I usually do.

Anyway, it's late and we have a very early morning tomorrow, so... Later, all.

NaNoWriMo Day 30

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 08:25 pm
apollymi: Vasquez and Faraday - No text (Mag7**Vasquez/Faraday: Faded memories)
It's the last day of NaNoWriMo, and I'm still writing. Like I said, I'm in a silent word war with [personal profile] daimeryan_rei (without telling her, hence the term 'silent word war'). I'm getting closer to her word count, but I'm not there. It's my goal to catch up by the end of the writing day today. Time alone will tell if I'm going to be successful in this endeavor.

Apparently [personal profile] katsuko and I have a sickness, where we keep having to go to see The Magnificent Seven in the cheap theaters. Today makes time number 6. That's... both probably pretty sad and still not quite to my record, which was eight times.

So I'm going to try to make these last few hundred (to a thousand) words happen. Wish me luck!

Here's the most up to date count:

61593 / 50000 words. 123% done!

NaNoWriMo Day 29

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 11:23 pm
apollymi: Vasquez firing his two guns, no text (Mag7**Vasquez: Shootout)
Come on, ibuprofen, please kick in. I've had a screamer headache all damn day, one that's only gotten worse as the day has gone on, especially since everything has been so damn loud. I've tried tylenol earlier in the day, and it did nothing, so I now trying ibuprofen and seeing if that helps. If it doesn't, then it's on to my knockout medicine and try to sleep the damn thing off.

Tomorrow is, of course, the last day of NaNo. I'm rather pleased with how I've done this time around, though I haven't been my end of the month goal to myself, which was to write more words than [personal profile] daimeryan_rei. I'm in one way word war, and I'm losing. I need to be over 62,000 words to beat her, and I don't think I'm going to manage that many words in the tonight and the tomorrow, not unless we manage to get set up somewhere good and get a lot of writing done.

Roo is a heavy ass weight on my lap, where I would like my laptop to be. He's all happy and purring, and it is sweet. He's just getting heavy again. I guess that's a good thing, though he is putting on weight faster than his body can redistribute it. So at times he looks like he's about to pop with kittens, and at times he looks like he's the world's meatiest kid with fat rolls everywhere. But I am happy that he's gaining his weight back.

And that's about all I've got to say for myself today. I'm going to try to get some more words done tonight, and we'll see how I look in the tomorrow then. Here's where I'm at right now:

59961 / 50000 words. 120% done!

NaNoWriMo Day 28

Monday, 28 November 2016 02:57 pm
apollymi: Kyle holding his head, text reads "*facepalm*" (Term**Kyle: *facepalm*)
Still ongoing with the writing, still trying to make words happen. I wish I was making happy words happen, but well... "How I learned to stop worrying and let Mean Faraday talk" and all that. [personal profile] katsuko and I finished up that scene that we started on yesterday, and that got us both a goodly (hehe) number of words.

I did some math on the stories I'm working. It's actually a bit surprising, at least to me, how the whole NaNo breaks down:
The Math )

And, yeah, that's actually kind of impressive for me.

However, I do have a bit of facepalm to report: we might have accidentally developed yet another verse.

Jesus fuck, our brains )

And yeah, I think that's enough babbling for today. I need to let Mean Faraday talk a bit, since he's obviously damn good at it, and a story I've been reading just updated, so I'm going to go check that out as well. So here's the most up to date word count:

59136 / 50000 words. 118% done!

NaNoWriMo Day 27

Sunday, 27 November 2016 01:46 pm
apollymi: Human body, text reads Fibromyalgia (Stock: Fibromyalgia)
Good sweet gods, I have no idea what happened last night as far as writing went. [personal profile] katsuko and I sat down in my room with Skype open and we started working on that scene that was going to require the both of us working on it for it to happen. And we made it happen. In fact, we're not even done with it happening. I'm not even sure what to make of what we made happen here, other than that: it's not done and that it hurts on an emotional level trying to write this all out. But maybe it's a bit of catharsis for me. I feel like I'm getting some issues out of the way here with this.

But it hurts to write it nonetheless.

Still, between this scene and another one and some editing, I managed to get a goodly number of words. This is actually now officially my longest WriMo project, longer than Of Worlds to Fall now, which had previously held the title at 54,879 words. Between all these projects, this one is looking a lot more... robust. Like I said, I'm already over my previous high word count.

And since people are starting to crowd me (again) here on my couch in the IKEA restaurant, I'm going to just sit down and try to work on some part of one of these damn stories. Here's the most up to date word count, per the NaNoWriMo site:

56561 / 50000 words. 113% done!

NaNoWriMo Day 26

Saturday, 26 November 2016 03:50 pm
apollymi: Pissed off Vasquez, no text (Mag7**Vasquez: Angry)
Well, writing is still ongoing, though now that I'm over the finish line it's not going nearly as quickly as it had been before. But it's still going, and that's what counts, rights? Words. Words are good.

Random babbling about various verses )

And my little quiet spot has become considerably less quiet since an entire family has set up shop on the chairs opposite mine and the other end of my couch. I'm not sure how much writing I'm actually going to get done at this point.

So I guess I'm just going to go read and see if they'll leave some time soon, so I can get some work done. Here's the most up to date word count:

53411 / 50000 words. 107% done!

NaNoWriMo Day 25

Friday, 25 November 2016 11:17 pm
apollymi: Usagi, wide eyed and excited, text reads "boy porn!1!" (BSSM**Usagi: Boy porn!1!)
I'm still writing, because these boys (and girls) aren't shutting up. Right now, [personal profile] katsuko and I are trying to decide if we're going to lift our respective porn embargoes to do this particular story that's eating our brain... though honestly, neither of us has ever written M/M/M/M before. Yes, that is four guys in one bed... or any vaguely horizontal surface. We have developed an OT4 verse or two.

And in other news, we got the results back from Roo's urine analysis. No protein, no white blood cells, and very little red blood cells present. The latter of that can possibly be attributed to how they withdrew the sample, so the vet wasn't very worried about that. He does want to keep Roo eating as much as he will, and he wants to see him back in about three or four weeks, so around December 20.

We also got him some more of his antibiotic, Enrofloxacin, so he's taking that again. So it's that and Prednisolone, his steroid and anti-inflammatory. He gets the Prednisolone twice a day and the Enrofloxacin once a day. We still have a couple more of his appetite enhancers left to give him, and then we can get to work on getting him cut down altogether. He is doing so much better, but there's still a long way to go... not the least of which being to wait for all his new weight to settle somewhere besides his stomach. He looks like he's going to have a food kitten, I swear.

Anyway, while I am done, I'm going to continue to write a bit more every night. So here are today's results:

52515 / 50000 words. 105% done!

NaNoWriMo Day 24

Thursday, 24 November 2016 09:17 pm
apollymi: Sarah reading a book, text reads "can't talk reading fanfic" (Labyrinth**Sarah: Can't talk - Fanfic!)
Hot damn, I won! I won with six days to spare! I think I need to do a damn happy dance. I mean, I'm still writing, because these boys aren't ready to shut the hell up yet, but I've broken 50,000 words with plenty more story to go.

And to celebrate, we're going to see The Magnificent Seven again. Because we have a sickness.

NaNoWriMo Day 23

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 10:03 pm
apollymi: Faraday and Vasquez fighting back to back, no text (Mag7**Vasquez/Faraday: Back to back)
I cannot say that I've had a productive day, but I've had a relaxing one. Granted, [personal profile] katsuko and I spent most of the day on her couch bed waiting on Amazon packages, but it was relaxing nonetheless either way. We watched YouTube, we ate burritos for lunch, she went and procured McDonalds drinks and fries for us, we watched The Magnificent Seven (the TV show, not the movie this time), and we had a good (vegetarian) Thanksgiving dinner: Quorn fake turkey, mashed potatoes, homemade vegan brown gravy, and broccoli au gratin. And damn, it was good, but I'm so fucking full that I feel like I need to unbutton my pants and let my food child settle a bit.

Hanging out in the living room all day meant that I got to spend some quality time with the kitties. Roo is slowly digesting his food baby and is moving all that extra weight that was making him look pregnant before to other parts of his body. In general, he's just starting to look healthier again. Jimi has spent most of the day hanging out on the back of the couch with us or stealing my french fries from me, because this little cat is a sucker for people food. He bad wanted some of our dinner, but we decided against sharing any of that with him. Boo has been flitting in and out of our area pretty much all day. Right now, though, she's currently settled on [personal profile] katsuko's legs in a way that only Boo enjoys.

Tomorrow, if we're actually hungry again after all today's food, we're going to Loving Hut in Norcross for lunch. We also have plans to go see The Magnificent Seven in the dollar theater in Marietta... because clearly we have issues. These issues seem to have a main symptom of being unable to go more than two weeks without watching the damn movie again. Once our copy comes in, we're probably just going to leave it in the damn BluRay player to save time.

Health is still an ongoing thing. The head cold I've been rocking is starting to settle into my ears, which is seriously not fun. I might try to see about making an appointment for a doctor's visit once I see how much Roo's medicine will be on Friday.

And that's a bit more than I strictly wanted to babble on here. I'm going to go let Mean Faraday rant a bit and see what happens there. Here's the most up to date word count, via NaNo's site:

46967 / 50000 words. 94% done!

NaNoWriMo Day 22

Tuesday, 22 November 2016 07:47 pm
apollymi: Blank background, text rewads "All ship wars should be resolved by threesome fic" (Text: More threesomes!)
So, yeah, words are still coming along. Not as well as they have been being, but they're still coming. My strategy of "stop worrying and let Mean Faraday talk" has continued to prove fruitful, as far my my word count is concerned. It's not always that particular Faraday that wants to talk, because there are so damn many verses playing out in my head. We're even talking about yet another verse or two, with eight days left in the month. What the hell is wrong with us.

Writing stress babble and potential spoilers )

Roo's medicine has been sitting at the vet pharmacy for the last few days, but apparently they keep forgetting to call us to let us know it was ready to pick up. I'm going to go get it on Friday, because they have ridiculously short hours tomorrow, and we're trying to leave the house as little as possible on Wednesday or Thursday. I think the only going out we're planning on Thursday, in fact, is to go to Loving Hut for Thanksgiving lunch.

And yeah, I guess that's about it. I'm going to go back trying to make words happen and see what happens. Here's the most up to date word count:

45471 / 50000 words. 91% done!

NaNoWriMo Day 21

Monday, 21 November 2016 11:29 am
apollymi: Hatter with a cuppa, text reads "Tea?" (Alice**Hatter: Tea?)
I somehow managed to get 2000 words last night, so I'm not falling behind. In the latter half of the month, I've only had one day where I didn't meet my minimum words. Most days I've surpassed the minimum by a fairly good margin, at least in the latter half of the month. I think I might call that my "how I learned to stop worrying and let Mean Faraday talk" phase. Editing his rants later does tend to get me more words, so I'm not exactly complaining.

More in depth version of NaNoWriMo updates, with all attendant spoilers for The Magnificent Seven )

I was bad and spent a bit of my saved up money on a used iPad mini gen 1 and a keyboard case to go with it. Because carrying around the laptop or the full-size iPad gets to hurting my shoulders after a while. It's not even a long while, either.

As for health, no improvement, but I'm not getting worse either, so that's good. I meant to pick up DayQuil at Target this morning, but maybe I'll get it at Kroger tonight. Because I'm pretty sure we need wet cat food for the Black Kitty Committee and litter... and I know we need additional food, now that we've finished both the soup and the chili. I have two packets of Hamburger Helper in the cabinet, but that's two meals at best.

And as far as I know, the Thanksgiving plans are to go to eat at Loving Hut and try to get some writing done during the day. We're both working a dinner shift at Mirko on Black Friday, and I'm not sure if I need to pick up any for the new host. Carlos tends to bend over backwards for the other hosts: because they leave so quickly, he tries to accommodate them where he can so they stay a little longer. I'm hoping we manage to keep this one until her graduation in May/June or I find another job.

And that was a huge long babble about absolutely nothing, so I'm just going to concentrate on whichever boy (or girl, thank you, Jo Faraday) decides to talk to me. I will, however, as always, leave off with an up to date word count:

43892 / 50000 words. 88% done!