Saturday, 9 September 2017 11:26 pm
apollymi: Zack facing away, text reads "So don't judge me by my failures, only by my dreams" (FF7**Zack: Judge me only by my dreams)
This is going to be a really quick post, since I keep drifting off to sleep here on the couch instead of writing, like I should be. In fact, writing all weekend was my original intention, but that just didn't happen.

It didn't happen because so much of m attention has been on Hurricane Irma, trying to track its progress, trying to see where it's going and if it's still going to come near or through Atlanta. Right now, it looks like we're only going to get the outer edges of it, and that will still mean some pretty nasty wind and rain.

Still no news on if Georgia State will be closing for the weather. Almost all the counties around Metro Atlanta are closing their schools, including the universities. But the ones within Metro Atlanta are still waffling on the matter, including GSU. So who knows? I might have work on Monday. I might not. At least [personal profile] katsuko is off at IKEA, though that's because it's a regular day off for her, not for Irma.

And as I keep up with the news coming out of Florida, I have to sigh. At least Florida State has already closed and gone down to essential personnel only. If I was still there, I probably would have already packed up [personal profile] katsuko and the kitties and come to Grandmother's, but at least I would have known my job gives a damn about my life and safety. None of this "we're not closing for a little wind and rain" nonsense. For all my issues with it, I can at least say FSU gave a damn about its staff and students, and there are a lot of days where I honest to all the gods miss it.

But there's nothing to be done for that right now. What I am going to do is take myself to bed.

So long, my freaky darlings. Sleep well.
apollymi: Typewriter and paper, text reads "Fanfic writer" (My Writing: Fanfic Writer)
Today is my cousin Lee's birthday. If I'm mathing correctly, he will be 27 years old today. God, this makes me feel old. I remember him being a wee toddling thing. Now he's married with a four-legged puppy child. It just doesn't seem right.

I had a pretty decent writing day today. I'm coming along well enough toward both the 50,000 word goal I've had as my minimum and towards the 65,000 word goal that is my unofficial one as well. I doubt I'm going to go much over that unofficial goal, but we'll see. Who knows what the weekend will bring.

I do know that tomorrow we'll be paying the Verizon bill again, paying the renter's insurance again, and so forth. I do know that Saturday, [personal profile] katsuko and I have tentative plans to go down to the Tanger Outlets in Locust Grove and see about finding at least one new pair of jeans each, possibly at the Levi's outlet store. I think we might try to go see Spider-Man: Homecoming while we're out that day. I don't know yet, though. I think that's all of our weekend plans, though.

Aside from more writing, of course.

And that's about it for me for tonight. I guess I really don't have a lot to say for myself for today. It's been a long one, not to mention a long week, and I'm going to be glad for tomorrow to be over. Hopefully testers will be in better humors next week.

So, yeah, that's it. Later, all.

Home again

Sunday, 28 May 2017 11:49 pm
apollymi: Ginji in taro/chibi mode with teary eyes (GB**Ginji: *wibble eyes*)
I'm so damn tired that it's everything I can do to keep my eyes open long enough to get this typed up. I'm not sure how long I'll be able to stay awake otherwise.

I'm trying to get caught up on words. In all honesty, I wrote just over 250 yesterday, mostly via editing. I'm still massively ahead for the month and even more so for the year, but I don't want to start slacking off now. Last thing I want is for my momentum to break, when I've been doing so well so far.

If I can get at least a thousand words, I can go to bed. That's the deal I'm making with myself. It's a bit of a sad one, when I've been awake since 6:30, no nap, and am denying myself sleep... but I want to get through this scene and get to this certain number of words.

So I'm going to keep working and get those words and then go to bed. G'night, all.

So tired

Saturday, 27 May 2017 08:57 pm
apollymi: Luke holding a lightsaber, no text (SW***Luke: Lighter side of the Force)
I'm so tired, but it's been a fun day. Jellybean took it upon herself to remind me why I'm not interested in kids by being wide open all day. Betsy was in rare form as usual; no such thing as a peaceful or quiet visit when she's also around.

My back hurts. My feet hurt. Oh gods, but do my feet hurt. But it's been a lot of fun.

Right now I have a black cat sleeping on my knees. It's both a little heartbreaking (because that's how Jimi used to sleep with me... and a little healing for the same reason.

I'm going to try to write a little and then I'm probably going to crash hard.

Good night, my freaky darlings.

Not sure

Friday, 26 May 2017 11:17 pm
apollymi: Steve & Danny on couch, text reads "It is what it is" (H50**Steve/Danny: It is what it is)
I'm not sure that I really have anything much to say. I'm tired. I'm tired almost beyond meaning of the word, but I need to get some more words done, because I won't really be able to write tomorrow, since I'll be at Mum's and Grandmother's for a very belated Mother's Day.

I still feel like I need to apologize to any potential readers and my characters for what I've been writing and editing the last couple of days. I swear, I only do it out of love.

And now I guess I need to go the fuck to bed, so that I can maybe get a little sleep, so that maybe I can get up at a good time to get on the road. I'm hoping to leave between 6 and 8 tomorrow, after all, so that I can spend plenty of time visiting.

Anyway, I'm going to try to finish up a bit more of this scene, so that I can maybe go do that sleep thing. Later, all.

Interview two

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 10:25 pm
apollymi: Usagi holding Luna, Artemis, and Diana, no text (BSSM**Usagi: Kitties!)
I had my second interview today. I feel like it went pretty okay. I met with the State Librarian for about fifteen or twenty minutes, and then I did a Microsoft Office skills test. I did all right on most of the exercises, finishing the first six and starting on seven (out of ten) in the hour I was given. I think I fucked up the mail merge document, but that's about it. It's been a long time since I've had to do that one.

On the way back home, I got a call from the mechanic, saying he had found the issue, a connecting rod of some sort; he told me, but I was driving and couldn't write it down. It would be about $500 to replace the rod, with labor and all. It would be a short-term fix, one that might keep the car going another two or three years... or two or three months. Whatever the rod was, it completely unthreaded in the area it was supposed to be in. He's not sure what could have made it do that: time and age or something else entirely. If it's time, then the fix should hold me up a few years. If it's something else, then it's probably going to happen again at some point, possibly soon. But the only other real option, aside from fixing this one rod and all would be to replace the entire motor.

Fixing the rod = $500
Replacing the motor = $1500 to $1800

Yeah, you can just guess which one Mum and Charlie went with.

It wasn't going to be finished today, so I had to renew the rental car for another couple days. Since [personal profile] katsuko works at IKEA in the morning and I don't have anyone to go with and drive one of the cars, I won't be able to pick it up tomorrow if they finish it then. I'll have to go Friday morning when we're both free. But that's okay, because I've already heard that Friday's catering should be canceled. At least I kind of hope it is.

I do have a visit to one of my best petsitting clients, Lord Sammy Sam the Grump Master, tomorrow through the 18th, so there is a that. I enjoy getting to see him. He was my first client. He's been my most frequent flyer. He still hisses at me every damn time, hence the nickname.

We posted the new chapter of Monstrous: After Midnight on AO3, but I haven't gotten it up anywhere else. I think I might try to work on that tomorrow.

And yeah, that's about it. I'm going to try to go make words happen on something, likely either Wicked Ones, Monstrous: After Midnight, or Mag7/Lev. Later, all.


Sunday, 25 December 2016 09:08 pm
apollymi: Usagi, wide eyed and excited, text reads "boy porn!1!" (BSSM**Usagi: Boy porn!1!)
What have I done today, other than a metric fuckton of driving?

I didn't sleep, so I got out of bed before 8 this morning to visit with the family. I helped Mum get the food ready for lunch. I let [personal profile] katsuko sleep in until around 10, so that one of us could be well rested for the day. I visited with some of Charlie's family. I ate lunch with everyone. I went with Mum, Betsy, and Jellybean to feed one of Mum's friend's pet goats. I got on the road by around 1:30 with [personal profile] katsuko and drove nearly three and a half hours while she wrote porn. I did the pet sitting for the day.

So yeah, I'm tired, and I'm hoping I sleep really well tonight.

G'night, all.

So early

Saturday, 24 December 2016 04:48 am
apollymi: Hicks holding Ripley back, text reads "Together" (Aliens**Hicks/Ripley: Together)
Gods, it's so early. We're planning on getting on the road in less than an hour, though, so I wanted to go ahead and be waking up, so that hopefully I could be awake on the road. I have nearly six hours worth of podfics loaded on my phone to listen to on the road, and as always, I have plenty of playlists set and ready to go.

[personal profile] katsuko and I managed to get the next chapter of Monstrous: After Midnight posted on AO3, [community profile] eternal_sailorm, and the Monstrous site. So that's out of the way before we leave today.

I got a Christmas text from Cinda. I'm not sure what to do with it. I haven't answered it yet.

And that's all I've got. Time to start getting dressed.


Friday, 23 December 2016 03:11 pm
apollymi: Usagi looking determined, no text (BSSM**Usagi: Determination)
I'm working hard on getting the next part of Monstrous: After Midnight ready to go. While [personal profile] katsuko has the next section (Teddy Q), I have the first of the Seven to appear, so I have a lot of the setup to handle. We're both trying to respond to comments, but it's sort of slow going. We've been too busy writing. She did all of Teddy's part last night, and I did a huge chunk of Faraday's and edited Teddy's.

We've still got some prep to do before we get on the road to Grandmother's tomorrow morning early, but hopefully we'll be able to do all that tonight.

NaNoWriMo Day 20

Sunday, 20 November 2016 01:59 pm
apollymi: Hatter with a cuppa, text reads "Tea?" (Alice**Hatter: Tea?)
I'm a little upset because I forgot to bring my headphones inside to IKEA today. People have turned their kids loose next to me, like I'm the designated IKEA babysitter or something. I really don't care for it, as you may well have guessed.

I'm still feeling poorly, but it always seems to get worse as the day builds on. I start out the day stiff and sore and sniffly. By lunch, I'm coughing and hacking, no matter what I take during the day for it. By early evening, I've moved to adding in sneezing and losing my voice. By the end of the night, I'm coughing so bad that I'm crying, I can't breathe through my nose at all, I'm cranky as fuck, and I just generally feel like hell. Today, at least, it feels like something is trying to break up in my chest, so that's a good. However, it also means that I feel at times like someone is stabbing me in the chest, so that's not of the good. I think I've managed to cough so much that I pulled something, though I honestly couldn't say for sure.

No catering tomorrow. In fact, I think my only catering next week will be on Tuesday. Even then, it will only be one of the two schools that I usually deliver to on that day. Apparently Annunciation Day School is sensibly taking all of next week off. Monday's school (Galloway), Wednesday's school (Christ the King), and Friday's school (Our Lady of the Ascension) are all taking the week off. But Cliff Valley, the second Tuesday school, is staying in until Wednesday, so they'll need their lunch on Tuesday. I'm kind of happy, because it's at least a little bit of money, but not, because it does mean that I won't have Tuesday completely off work. I'll make do, like always, but I was looking forward to that day. Eh, it is what it is.

Writing... I got enough done yesterday as so to not fall behind, but that's about all I can say for myself. I'm going to cut myself off here and get to work on what I need to get done. Here's the most up to date word count first, though.

41403 / 50000 words. 83% done!

NaNoWriMo Day 19

Saturday, 19 November 2016 10:09 pm
apollymi: Hatter with a cuppa, text reads "Tea?" (Alice**Hatter: Tea?)
A very long day summary )

I'm still not feeling too much better, and I don't think I got a lot of rest last night to try to help the matter. I know I didn't get a lot of writing done, not nearly as much as I needed to, but I'm going to try to make up for that tonight.

I did get a new project from Seven Seas, Secret of the Princess, that's due on the 22nd. I'm part of the way done with a first read-through, and I haven't spot anything glaring yet. I might have to ask [personal profile] katsuko to look it over, because I'm not sure I'm with it enough to find small mistakes right now, if I'm on page 63 and haven't found anything yet.

Anyway, I'm going to see if I can't get these boys persuaded to telling me something. Here's the most up to date word count I have going right now.

40241 / 50000 words. 80% done!

NaNoWriMo Day 16

Wednesday, 16 November 2016 11:07 pm
apollymi: Hotaru skipping happily, text reads "The Hotaru-verse is a shiny and fluffy place with skipping" (SDK**Hotaru: It's a skipping happy unive)
We did Roo's vet visit. We had the same technician and doctor as our last visit, so that was good. They both commented on how much better he looked. His temperature was up a bit, closer to where it should be, at 100.3°F. His weight was also up, from 8.3 to 10.5 pounds. The doctor did say that he felt a lot better with how Roo was acting and with his vitals, but he still had some concerns and so did some blood work that we'll hear back on from tomorrow. He did decide to keep him on the antibiotics another couple of weeks, so we ended up having to buy some pill pockets to see that wouldn't be an easier solution for pilling this cat.

I did point out how he grinds his teeth when he's eating, and the vet said that's something some cats just do as they get older and wear them down. He didn't see any infection in the teeth just visually looking, though there was some plaque. He did say that he would like to see some of that new weight distribute to somewhere other than his belly but agreed that it would take a little bit of time for that to happen. He was also pleased with how his gums are starting to pinken up a bit.

He did say for us to keep giving him the rest of the medicine, and he did also decide to keep him on the Predisolone for another two more weeks or until we run out. Sadly, that's the one that's twice a day, so it's a huge hassle. Again, we go some pill pockets to see if that make a difference in the relative ease of the whole procedure.

Grandmother's in the hospital right now with a low hemoglobin count. It's not the first time, but we're taking no chances. So obviously Mum didn't come today, and now the rescheduled date of Saturday is looking a bit iffy.

I've not got as many words today as I would have hoped, given everything going on, so I'll just make content with this, since I do have a bit of a surplus.

Either way, I'll break off here and get back to my writings. Here's the most up to date word count:

33833 / 50000 words. 68% done!

Fun days

Wednesday, 31 August 2016 09:08 pm
apollymi: Animal with a drum cymbal in his mouth, text reads "Eat Drums! (Muppets**Animal: Eat drums!)
Well, it's been a full couple of days, but it's been a lot of fun. But I'm looking forward to being back home in Atlanta. And not just for Dragon*Con. I'll be glad for the peace and quiet and all that.

The time with family is nice, but I miss my cats and my house and everything else.


Tuesday, 30 August 2016 09:11 pm
apollymi: Annie gives two thumbs up, text reads "Annie approves", animated (BH**Annie: Approval!)
Okay, so it's been a full day. Jellybean has dragged me all over the place, and I've had to carry her just about everywhere. My back is going to be killing me tomorrow. I'm also a bit sunburnt about the shoulders and neck.

But it's been a lot of fun. I'm having a lot of fun. I'm just bloody sore and exhausted.

Definitely fast

Monday, 29 August 2016 07:34 pm
apollymi: Chapter 301 of manga, redeeming power of love, text reads "Even Kyo and Yuya get shojo sparkles" (SDK**Kyo/Yuya: Shojo sparkles?)
This one will not be long, in part because I'm doing it on my phone. The iPhone 6s+ is good for a lot of things, but the screen is still smaller than I'm strictly happy with. Oh well. No worries, right?

I'm doing this in a hurry, because once Mum, Grandmother, Betsy, and Jellybean get here, there will be no time for quiet journal entries. And they're probably about 30 minutes to an hour out yet. Yeah, I left Atlanta, had to detour through Statesboro, and still managed to beat them here. Hells, they were just leaving half an hour before I arrived.

It took 5 and a half hours, but I'm here. And I'm freaking exhausted already... pre-Jellybean.


Thursday, 21 July 2016 12:42 pm
apollymi: Hatter with a cuppa, text reads "Tea?" (Alice**Hatter: Tea?)
I woke up this morning sore as hell. I have been feeling stiff and sore the last few days, but today it's pretty bad. It feels like every joint in my body needs to pop and every muscle in my back and shoulders are tight and knotted. This is not exactly an auspicious start to my work week. I will persevere, though. I always do.

So, yes, movie was fucking awesome on the big screen. I was a little impressed with how many lines I could repeat with the characters, as well as the little bits of random trivia I could give . I already apologized to her for dragging her to a movie that used to give her nightmares. (Yes, Aliens used to give her nightmares. She, the one who grew up on Freddy Krueger movies.) Amusingly, she said that the number of times I watched it, either with her or with it playing in the background while she did something else, has desensitized her to it. So that was amusing, to me at least. Probably a silly thing to be amused over, but still, it amused me.

I did a cute video of Boo and posted it on Instagram... and a few other places. Mostly it's her purring and me talking sweet to her. There's also her jumping over Roo while he's sitting on the counter next to her. Because the world needs to hear Boo's squeaky purrs.

I'm sitting here wondering if there is something in the water here today. I've seen at least six very heavily pregnant women walking around and another four with at least four children. I must confess: I don't understand the urge to overpopulate. Isn't one or two enough? But that's neither here nor there. It's their lives and pocketbooks and all that. I just have to listen to their little angels scream. Because no one else thinks they (or their meltdowns) are as cute as you do. And maybe this is just the cynical ace aro in me, but I get sick of people telling me that I would feel differently if I had one of my own. Maybe it's true; maybe I would; but that doesn't negate how I feel right now. I feel like the fact that I have six nieces and one nephew should be the bulk of my family's contributions to the gene pool. I feel like I don't want my father's genetics to be passed on to another generation, because there have been enough mental health issues in my life thanks to him, with both nature and nurture.

And yeah, that's a rant for another day. I shouldn't have gotten off on it.

I'm just... um... going to go work on my Camp story. Yeah, that seems like a safer idea. Here's the updated word count, and later, all.

18636 / 30000 words. 62% done!


Saturday, 28 May 2016 01:47 pm
apollymi: Bakura & Kaiba fanart commission, text reads "Apollymi" (Sanrio**Chococat: Strolling)
Wow, the folks in the IKEA restaurant get more and more rude. Yes, I know you don't like your job. Yes, I know it's an Eat Free Weekend. Don't take it out on me. I have enough to deal with right now to add your shitty-ass attitude on top of it all.

Nothing really to add since late last night. I did talk to Mum a bit while I was waiting to pick [personal profile] katsuko up from work last night, which was nice. It kinda sucks that the only time I can really talk on the phone is late at night, so I can't talk to Grandmother or any of the other family members who keep earlier hours than I do (by necessity and habit).

One hundred and three

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 11:08 pm
apollymi: Ed glares & Al stands behind him, no text (FMA**Ed: Ed is unimpressed)
And now I'm back in Atlanta. It's been a very long couple of days, and all I really want to do is rest. Well, rest and soak in a hot bath for a week. It's roughly 3 hours from Atlanta to Cuthbert, but it can be closer to 4 if traffic acts up, as it is often wont to do in Atlanta.

All in all, it was an informative visit. I now know that, if I decide to go the therapy route, I would indeed be more interested in Occupational Therapy than I would be in Physical Therapy. In part, that's because of the wound care that's involved in Physical Therapy -- and I had enough of looking at horrible infected wounds with Oyaji -- but it's also because there is a lot of physical work to Physical Therapy. Moving patients who cannot yet physically move themselves, dealing with wounds, etc... I'm not sure any of that is stuff I would physically be able to do.

Occupational Therapy, from what I saw today, is more smaller things: getting range of motion back after injuries, helping people manage day to day things, and such. Plus there is just not as much physically moving people around. I guess the better way to put it would be like this: Physical Therapy is moving people to where they need to be, while Occupational Therapy is getting them to where they can move themselves.

(Another gross oversimplification would be to say that Physical Therapy involves everything below the waist, while Occupational Therapy is everything above the waist. That's the oversimplification that Beth offered me to explain the difference in layman's terms, but even she said that it wasn't as accurate as it could stand to be. It's just a quick and dirty way of thinking about it.)

I also met with Karan, a librarian and historian at the college in Cuthbert. She gave me some ideas about trying to get back into libraries, including volunteering to get my foot in the door and some contacts to go along with it.

But yeah, I'm back in Atlanta, and I'm bloody exhausted. I don't think I slept at all last night, and as tired as I am, I couldn't even manage a nap when I got home earlier. I'm hoping sleep is in my future, but I'm not exactly holding my breath on the matter.

And I didn't exactly get a lot of writing done while I was away, so I don't really have much of an update as far as word count, but still anyway, here it is:

5008 / 15000 words. 33% done!

One hundred and two

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 10:12 pm
apollymi: Chaucer looking annoyed, text reads "I will eviscerate you in fiction" (AKT**Chaucer: Eviscerate you in fiction)
Okay, I am beyond exhausted, but the first part of the mission is accomplished: I have successfully arrived in South Georgia, and I have taken Grandmother to her eye appointment. That took approximately fourteen forevers, but finally we finished up and went over to Mum's. We actually ended up getting there right about the same time she did. She and Charlie treated us to Mikata's, a little Japanese place in Albany that I've always loved. Bonus for the fact that they cook at the table, which is always a big hit. After that, we killed some more time at Mum's before driving back to Grandmother's.

According to the Swarm app on my phone, I've driven over 250 miles today, so I guess it's not any wonder that I'm so tired... But I am.

Tomorrow, I need to be up and in Cuthbert by 8:00, so that I can do my shadowing with one of Mum's friends, Beth. I'll be doing that most of the morning, and then I'm supposed to meet with another person, Karan, about history and libraries and such. After that, I guess I'll be getting on the road back to Atlanta... and then absolutely fucking collapsing.

And yeah, that's about it. Later, all.


Sunday, 6 March 2016 01:33 pm
apollymi: Finn von Claret (formerly of Abney Park) in steampunk outfit, no text (Steampunk: Cosplay (Abney Park))
Still writing on the same story. Still enjoying the hell out of it. Still looking forward to being able to post my first story under the new user name: Adora Addams. (I know there is a way to link AO3 profiles on here, but it is not cooperating with a multiple word profile, so I'm not sure how to solve that problem.)

Anyway, yeah, that's about all I really have to say. I already talked about having a great time yesterday with Mum and Grandmother, followed by a shitty night at work. Now I'm at IKEA killing time until I have to go back to Mirko for the night. Fun and joy, right?