apollymi: Bakura and Kaiba fanart, black & purple background, text reads "We'll make something out of nothing" (YGO**Bakura/Kaiba: Something out of not)
What I would like to know is where the hell my long weekend went? I know Friday, we were fairly productive, going up to the outlet stores. We ate at Chow Baby in Alpharetta. I got the gross stomach Friday night, but [personal profile] katsuko was sick all day Saturday. It cut into our apartment hunting, and yeah, we did come back to Roswell and try to sleep some of it off. Yesterday, we went to see Atomic Blonde, though I think that was about the bulk of what we did, not counting the sheer number of Google reviews I left on places. Because, yeah, I left enough Google reviews yesterday to get my needed word count. So, that was a something.

Today was spent returning the things we bought on Friday. I'm a little sad, because I found a purse I really liked and I had a pair of jeans that fit well, and I had to return them. We also tried to sell some DVDs, which didn't pan out, and some games, which only netted us $4. All in all, not a great day.

To cap off the day, I got a phone call from Glynda, in tears, asking if I could open for her one more day, tomorrow. I'm not sure I got even close to all the story, but I gathered she couldn't get a hold of LaTrease and she had some bruised/cracked ribs and some other kind of injury that meant she was going to be delayed or wouldn't be able to come in at all tomorrow. Since her husband is a son of a bitch, I have some suspicions.

But I'm going to be there at 7:15 to open again, just like I did all last week. I was actually sort of excited to be done with that, but I guess that's what I get for being too excited too early, huh?
apollymi: Stitch in a cape and hood, no text (L&S**Stitch: The... fuzzy blue alien kni)
Happy "When the hell are the fireworks ever going to end" day. I'm heartily fucking sick of them.

Happily, I do not have jury duty tomorrow. It seems that everyone who was supposed to show up at 8:00 was excused due to a case today running late. I am completely fine with this. It means I don't have to deal with trying to figure out the proper MARTA to get on and all that malarky.

So instead I have to figure out what time to get to the MARTA station in order to get to work to open tomorrow. That's a little less of a headache, since I did open today.

It does do such a good getting the day over with, opening and all, that I might ask if LaTrease needs me to do it next week also.

I feel like I'm giving out feedback on the other parts of this particular Camp story hand over fist... and getting pittances in return. It's not a feeling I'm enjoying. And yes, I've already said something. No real improvement beyond an hour or two.

I'm so close to the point of just giving up on the idea of getting feedback. I'm just going to write into the void and see what happens. It's not my favorite thing to do, because obviously I really enjoy feedback, but rather than have to force it, I'm just not going to bother trying.

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

Day off

Monday, 29 May 2017 11:34 pm
apollymi: Kaiba looking pissed, purple overtones, text reads "Cursed" (YGO**Kaiba: Cursed)
So today was my holiday day off. I didn't go to bed until nearly 4 in the morning, and I slept in until nearly 10 in the morning. So that was nice.

I wrote a bit today. Not quite like those nights last week where I wrote 5000 words in a night, but still, I managed something.

I've been called obsessed with this verse. I don't know. I'm enjoying writing it. I might be obsessed with editing it, but I hope I'm not actually obsessed with writing it.

But I'm otherwise out of things to say. Later.

Jesus fuck

Saturday, 31 December 2016 03:39 pm
apollymi: Grumpy kitten, text translates to "the Kitten of Death has you in sight" (Kitten: K├Ątzchen des Todes)
I'm at IKEA, and it's a madhouse. It's the end of the year, and it's an Eat For Free weekend, so every idiot and their mother is out today. I got [personal profile] katsuko here for an 11:30 shift, and it's been insane enough that she still hasn't managed to get her 30 minute break yet. It looks like a broken down wasteland of abandoned shopping carts and screaming children, and really, it's just crazy.

I'm still thinking I might try to do #365k365days over 2017. A thousand words a day is manageable, I think.

After much debate, [personal profile] katsuko and I cancelled our dinner reservations at Rosa Mexicano, and instead we'll be eating fancy pasta (goat cheese and truffle oil, served with Alfredo sauce and maybe some other cheese on top, with a bit of broccoli included in the mix) and drinking our fancy sparkling peach Moscato d'Asti wine.

But mostly, I'm just incredibly nervous because I just posted the first chapter of Wicked Ones to AO3. This is my NaNo baby. This is the story that saved my NaNo, in point of fact. It's my "how I learned to stop worrying and let Mean Faraday talk" story. I think, if I had children, I would worry less about putting pictures of them out into the world.

Anyway, for terror's sake, Wicked Ones is on AO3 and [community profile] eternal_sailorm. I'm... just gonna go hide somewhere.

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.

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.

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!


Saturday, 1 October 2016 10:49 pm
apollymi: Lina making a V for Victory sign and grinning, no text, animated (Slay**Lina: Victory!)
It's finally October! It's nearly Halloween! Yay!!! *happy dance*

Seriously, I tend to spend all year looking forward to two events that happen late in the year: Dragon*Con and Halloween. I've done one, and now the time for the next is swiftly approaching.

Oddly, I only have one or two events I look forward to at the beginning of the year, and that are [personal profile] katsuko and my birthdays, in February. Summer has nothing really good to say for itself, as far as I'm concerned, now that's it's a drive of over five and a half hours to get to a beach.

And that's it for me.


Monday, 4 July 2016 07:51 pm
apollymi: Animated, Roy sparks the lighter, no text (FMA**Roy: Set the world aflame)
So [personal profile] katsuko and I have been out and about trying to make writing happen. I'm pretty sure we're planning on being home before the sun goes down and the fireworks start, but other than that, I don't know that we really have any plans for the day.

I did my RCD visit on Sammy Sam, and it went really well. He even let me pet him a bit before he beat the shit out of my pants leg. After that, we grabbed some lunch at Sweet Tomatoes. There was no outlets or wifi, though, so we headed over to the Alpharetta Panera Bread to try to get some work done. Unfortunately that's when my stomach caught up with me -- though I have no idea what actually set it off -- and there was this weird homeless guy buying for money inside the restaurant, so we took off. After some debate, we came here to Starbucks... and now I'm managing to make some words happen. (I'm hoping that this journal entry won't end up being the long part of what I write today, though.) The hot tea is helping to settle my stomach a bit.

I'm not sure what we're planning for dinner. I bought the stuff to make several different dishes, including cheese pierogies, cheddar and broccoli rice, vegetarian chicken nuggets, and... some other stuff that I can't remember right now. I got the sauce mix to do Japanese curry, but we would have to buy vegetables and such to make it; right now, all we have is the curry mix and the rice for it.

And I guess my stomach is over the whole ickiness, if I'm thinking this much about food. It would be better for us to go eat at home and not, say, another Panera Bread or even Tin Drum, right? Because Tin Drum is sounding really damn tempting.

Anyway, yeah, I'm gonna sign off now with the most up to date word count. It's not great, but it's where I'm at right now. Wish me luck to get further along before the end of the night.

3746 / 30000 words. 12% done!


Saturday, 13 February 2016 10:28 pm
apollymi: Hicks holding Ripley back, text reads "Together" (Aliens**Hicks/Ripley: Together)
And yeah, today was sort of... nice. I took [personal profile] katsuko out to the movies (granted, she paid, but it's the thought that counts, right?), to see Deadpool. It had been our plan for Valentine's-slash-her birthday since it was announced. I will definitely admit that it was good... but it certainly earned it's Hard R rating.

I wasn't feeling too good, so I called out from Mirko. (It's only, like, the second time I've called out sick from Mirko in the entire sixteen months I've been there. I think I'm allowed one damn sick day, especially on a day before a holiday. Tomorrow's probably going to be crazy, with it being Valentine's. Always insane in the restaurant world.)

I'm seriously dreading tomorrow. It's amateur hour for restaurants. The smart folks have made their reservation days or weeks ago. The idiots are going to try to walk in all damn day and just expect to get seated. And then they'll get pissy when they don't get their way. And then they'll take it out on the hostess (read, me) and eventually their server.

And since Jimi is now strolling all over the keyboard, so I'm gonna cut off here.


Tuesday, 29 December 2015 11:16 pm
apollymi: Bakura & Kaiba fanart commission, text reads "Apollymi" (Sanrio**Chococat: Strolling)
I'm sitting on my couch (my beloved couch) with Roo, trying to finish digesting my huge dinner (from Melting Pot). [personal profile] katsuko and I had our New Years Eve dinner earlier. I'm just really glad that Roo hasn't done too much belly-packing. See, Roo is very big on doing biscuits (kneading heavily) on my stomach when I'm on the couch. He's especially fond of doing this right after I eat. My full stomach is very glad that he didn't go too in depth tonight.

I'm seriously tired and my stomach is still protesting too much rich food. It was such a good meal, but apparently my stomach is rejecting it... or at least it's rumbling seriously.

From Cuthbert

Thursday, 24 December 2015 09:50 pm
apollymi: Close ups of Arthur and Eames, no text (Incep**Eames/Arthur: Perchance to dream)
We've done most of the Christmas festivities for the year, minus some at Mum's tomorrow. After that, [personal profile] katsuko and I will be getting back to Atlanta.

From Albany

Wednesday, 23 December 2015 11:13 pm
apollymi: Eternal Sailor Moon against a bright yellow background, no text (BSSM**Usagi: Stand tall (ESM))
Happy early Werewolf XMas. Later!

Something again

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 11:26 pm
apollymi: Bakura & Kaiba fanart commission, text reads "Apollymi" (Stock: Tea Party)
I've moved a grand total of 300 steps today. Yes, that is three hundred. Mostly this has been thanks to the fact that Jimi set up shop on my lap and did not want to move. I get Jimi time so infrequently that I didn't have the heart to move him. However, this does mean that none of the things I meant to accomplish today happened, up to and including eating. Until [personal profile] katsuko got home and fed me, I was running on Cheez-Its and Diet Coke. I also didn't get to go to the bathroom until around 11:00 pm.

So, things that still need to be done before we leave between 9:30 and 10:00 tomorrow morning:
* Empty the cat litter boxes
* Take out the trash
* I need to take a shower and shave
* Pack
* Put out enough food for three cats for two and half days
* Stop by Kroger and buy allergy medicine and food we can eat at the XMas Eve party
* Drive for 2 1/2 hours to Albany to Mum's house

I'm not sure yet if Ripley is coming with or if I'm going to try to do posts on the iPad or my phone. I guess I'll figure that out closer to time.

Mostly I'm just sort of 'eh'.


Monday, 21 December 2015 11:30 pm
apollymi: Ninth Doctor, text reads "Oh, look who just graduated from idiot school" (DW**9th Doctor: Idiot school)
I really can't say a lot for myself today. I'm tired, I'm full, and work was long. I had to borrow money from Mum to get the oil changed in my car and pay the insurance on the car, but now that that's dealt with, I can start looking towards holiday goings on. I picked up a few odds and ends towards the kids' presents, so that'll be fun. I need to finish assembling them, but otherwise, all is good.

I need to digest some more, so I can go to sleep tonight. Too much Indian, but it was so damn good.

Long day

Sunday, 13 December 2015 11:22 pm
apollymi: Usagi looking determined, no text (BSSM**Usagi: Determination)
Long day has been long. I chatted with Mum a bit on the phone, discussing holiday plans and the upcoming need to rearrange sleeping plans over the holiday with the addition of one extra person. Evidently, things are going to be tight, space-wise. But we'll make it work. We're thinking-type people who can come up with plans.

I should be going and collapsing in my bed since tomorrow is a very full day, with [personal profile] katsuko doing a double at Mirko and me having a dinner shift there, but I'm not yet particularly tired... and I have fic updates to read.

Later, all.


Tuesday, 8 December 2015 11:11 pm
apollymi: Jensen & Cougar looking slightly off center, no text (Losers**Jensen/Cougar: Dangerous)
We're just walking back in the door from the IKEA holiday party. I was [personal profile] katsuko's plus one, which was kind of nice. Would have been nicer if my eyeshadow hadn't decided to go everywhere and make me look like I got punched in the face. Granted, I kind of feel like I got punched in the face from how tired I am, but that isn't the point. I don't want to look that way.

Anyway, I had two glasses of wine at the party, which was probably half a glass more than I maybe should have. It didn't hit me until I sat down at home, but I'm a little lightheaded. I'm going to sit here on the couch, drink a metric fuckton of water, and then go to bed when I feel somewhat more stable.

Good night, all.
apollymi: Close ups of Arthur and Eames, no text (Incep**Eames/Arthur: Perchance to dream)
It's amazing how, every year, I manage to forget how much I hate this day. Don't get me wrong: it's a nice holiday and all that jazz, but I hate the fireworks and noise and attitudes that go along with it. I hate that my mum feels like she needs to text me to make sure that I get home before dark because "all the crazies will be out after dark". I hate having to rush through the grocery store so that I can indeed be home before dark. I hate that I spend the entire day worrying about how the kitties are going to handle the fireworks and noise this year. I hate worrying that this year is going to be the year that the police show up taking statements because someone in our classy as fuck apartment complex decided that this year is the one to hide their murder by timing it to the fireworks. So yeah, this isn't a holiday I enjoy, other than having a day off work (though that also means it's a day we're not making any money).

Ficcing is going slowly. It would probably go faster if I had any idea where I'm actually going with this story. And I don't. I have no bloody clue. I know the prologue set up the background changes I'm making to the world. So far Chapter One is Kaiba bitching. I haven't even gotten Yami no Bakura in fic yet, though Bakura Ryou was present for the prologue... because I wanted to establish that he does indeed have a familiar but he doesn't want people to see it.

So yeah, all I have is a premise (everyone gets a familiar when they turn fifteen, Pegasus came up with a way to project said familiars onto Duel Monster cards which gives everyone a "signature" card to play) and that's about it so far. I even have familiars for characters that haven't appeared yet. I just don't have a storyline.

I has been pointed out to me that my writing can be a bit predictable: I tend to write get together fics (according to [personal profile] katsuko, and a lot of Yami no Bakura/Kaiba Seto (per [personal profile] daimeryan_rei. I'm... actually fine with this. Bakura/Kaiba is a pairing that I feel like you need to see how they get together... and it is my favorite Yu-Gi-Oh pairing, beyond a shadow of a doubt. Maybe one day I'll write a good story that uses neither of those tropes... but I don't think it's going to be this month.

And that's about it. Back to writing.


Sunday, 10 May 2015 11:30 pm
apollymi: Human body, text reads Fibromyalgia (Stock: Fibromyalgia)
Pulling two doubles in a row is not a thing I think I might be meant to do. In fact, I have no idea how [personal profile] katsuko manages to do it on an ongoing basis. I hurt. My feet hurt, my ankles hurt, my hips hurt like a bitch, my lower back aches, my neck is still and sore, and my hands are just... ugh. And tomorrow, I have a double again. Two or so days in a row off would not be amiss; it would be nice to not have to go in and put myself in yet more pain.

I did get to call and talk to Mum about every all kinds of nothing. It was a nice Mother's Day thing to do. Also I got an ecard from Roo, Boo, and Jimi, which was nice.