Felined

Thursday, 15 June 2017 10:32 pm
apollymi: Doujinshi art of Sirius Black, no text (HP**Sirius: Do not approve)
My lap has been pretty thoroughly felined. In other words, Roo has taken over my lap and is using it as his secret base from which to launch sneak attacks on the keyboard. This means either trying to lift the keyboard cover off the keys themselves or bite at my fingers. He's fine with either one, even if I'm not.

The interesting thing about trying to do collaborate writing in Google Documents is being able to see the words someone else is writing go into the the file in almost real time. It gets funnier when you get to see the typos that go along with the writing live as well.

Reading-wise, my life has been pretty damn good. Two of my favorite The Magnificent Seven stories updated in the last two days: Luck of the Draw and Melt the Elements. These are actually two of my very favorite Mag7 stories, so it kinda makes my day to see them both updated. It would be lovely if one of the other Mag7 stories I love updates tomorrow to keep the trend going. (I'm hoping for "Shifting Through the Ashes" by [archiveofourown.org profile] SnubbingApollo. It hasn't updated in months, and I need more STAT.)

I spent nearly 6 weeks without a period. I finally got it last Monday after spotting all the weekend before. I've had it since last Monday. Let me repeat that: I have had my period ongoing since 05 June. It's showing no signs of stopping. Or easing. Or even slowing down. And I'm now googling veggie foods that are high in iron, because I actually came pretty close to passing out at work today. Obviously this was no fun (or else I wouldn't be trying so hard to find something to take or eat to counter it), but it would have been the ideal day for it: we had a bunch of doctors in today getting recertified.

And yeah, that's about it for me for today. I'm going to go lay down and try to see if some rest will make me feel better. Later, all.

Fluid

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 11:22 pm
apollymi: Bakura and Kaiba, close up on eyes, text reads "Your eyes" (YGO**Bakura/Kaiba: Your eyes)
I’m trying out making this entry with Fluid, one of those apps that turns webpages into apps. It’s just a thing I’m trying, since my browser keeps freezing up on me. Which is a pain, because it’s started right when [personal profile] katsuko and I started transitioning all of our [community profile] 15kinks stories to Google Docs to be worked on, so that we can both work on them whenever. It never fails.

But I think all of the Canon Era part of the story is now up. I’m still working on getting the various AUs posted and formatted. I do need to fix the formatting on some of the earlier stories to match with the later stories, but that’s something I’ll fuck about with tomorrow.

Tonight, I need to focus on getting a thousand words for #365k/365Day. According to my Excel spreadsheet, I have 259,874 words already this year, meaning that I’m already 71.2% of the way to my goal of 365,000 words in 2017. Having a few WriMos in there helped a lot towards that high total thus far. But even last month, which wasn’t a WriMo, I managed to get 65k done.

And a large part of that has been [community profile] 15kinks in the last month or so. I still don’t quite feel like we’re far enough along to start posting it. I think we’re hoping to be pretty close to done before we start posting. I mean, that’s what I’m taking away since we’ve been saying over and over that we’ve learned our lessons from Wicked Ones and After Midnight and so forth.

But be that as it may, we might have one reader for this: Mist Marauder. And there’s been the one lonesome person on Tumblr who PMed us to talk about loving GoodDay. Otherwise, we seem to be sailing this boat solo. Which is pretty familiar to me, from my Yu-Gi-Oh days.

Anyway, I need to get a thousand words today, even if I am literally months ahead at this point. I’m only somewhere in the 400s, so I need to get to work. Wish me luck!

Later, all.

Vaguely annoyed

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 10:07 pm
apollymi: Stitch lying on the beach with a lei, text reads "I like fluffy" (L&S**Stitch: I like fluffy)
I'm vaguely annoyed. Just vaguely, though, because Roo is a very sweet kitty man who just wants to help with all the things. Unfortunately his idea of helping is to walk all over the keyboard and constantly bring up the spotlight search tool on OSX. I don't even know how he does it, because it requires pressing both Command and the space key at the same time. Yes, they are right next to one another, but his feet aren't that big.

I have a conundrum, and I'm wondering if anyone else has an answer to it. How do you cut off Skype notifications when you are on a phone call? I got a phone call today while I was at IKEA. My little Skype group was going nuts. I had the app itself cut off during the phone call, but I was still getting notifications for every single message that comes through. I don't want to cut off all notifications, not completely, but I don't want to get them while I'm on a phone call. Can it be done? Or is this something I need to contact Skype support and request be added as a feature? (Because it seems like it should be common sense, IMO.)

And Roo is back in my lap again. However, this time I have thwarted him, because I went back to my bedroom and got my laptop stand. My laptop is no longer on top of my lap but rather is on the free-standing tray, and Roo cannot type. He seems to feel quite gypped about the whole thing.

Also, okay, it's halfway through March, and my area is now getting snow flurries. Snow flurries. In March. In Georgia. What the actual fuck? I don't like this.

I've been working on two parts for Monstrous: After Midnight... and they're both skip forwards. In other words, I'm working on the final battle when the story itself is still in the montage of preparations. I feel vaguely like I just need to get this shit done and over with. Everything. Nothing feels good with writing right now.

Nothing feels good with writing right now. That's a terrible thought to have. Writing is one of the few things I still enjoy doing, and this damn depression is starting to sink into it as well.

But I'm going to keep on trying to make things happen. That's all I can do, right?

So I'm going to go do that: make things happen.

Lazy

Saturday, 11 March 2017 11:01 pm
apollymi: Ninth Doctor, text reads "Oh, look who just graduated from idiot school" (DW**9th Doctor: Idiot school)
I have had a lazy, lazy day. And I'm happy with this. I hung out with the kitties, I read for a bit, and I watched Primeval with [personal profile] katsuko off and on throughout the day. It's a nice change from everything else we've been watching, but it does mean that we haven't accomplished much for the day.

We've mostly stared at Tumblr and Scrivener and tried to make things happen, but that hasn't work. We've also joined a Skype group of some of the other Magnificent Seven writers. Not all that many of them, but some of them are ones I've enjoyed. But so far they've all be so nice. That's a good thing.

Roo has finally managed to happy drool on the trackpad so much that it's not working. Thankfully, I do still have the wireless mouse, but I don't like having to use it. It's not my favorite thing to deal with. It's better than nothing or trying to figure out keyboard shortcuts, though, so I'm doing it.

And yeah, that's about all I've got for today. I'm still tired and just... detached. I'm going to sit on my couch, and I'm going to eat some damn jellybeans. That's going to be about it.

Later, all.

Too much help

Monday, 16 January 2017 11:29 pm
apollymi: Kyo and Yuya with Kyo's sword, black background, no text (SDK**Kyo/Yuya: Still of the night)
I'm trying to type this up and type on various things, all with Roo being right fucking here in the middle of everything. In fact, at the moment, he's currently sitting on my right arm in the crook of my elbow. He's still not back to his full weight yet, though he's getting there quickly enough, but he's still heavy enough that my elbow cannot hold him up. I need to figure out a way to figure out his weight. Maybe if I buy up enough batteries to use the Wii remote and board again soon... Yeah, maybe that'll work.

I managed a little bit of writing, mainly because today has just been hella hectic and because I only had the iPad Mini with me today. I do have a keyboard for that one, but it doesn't always work out as well as using an actual keyboard. Some of the keys are in odd places or require I use special keys to utilize, and it throws off my groove.

So, yeah, here's a little dorky thing. I name most of my electronics. Basically, if it's a Mac of some sort, it has a name. So it breaks down like this:
iMac = Wanda
MacBook - Ripley
iPhone - KaiPhone
iPad 2 - Serenity
iPad Mini - Faraday

I think you can kind of tell which one is the newest of that lot. I mean, I bought Faraday used and with some minor damages, but he's been a good little iPad Mini so far. He's not the prettiest or the fastest or anything like that, but I wanted something small, portable, that used iOS, and that I could connect a Bluetooth keyboard to. Faraday won.

Randomly, I hate bank holidays. My money won't be in my account until tomorrow at this rate, and I had had every intention of going to the gym today to buy out my membership. But since my money didn't deposit, I couldn't do that. If it's there tomorrow like it should be, I'll go do that after the catering. I also will be doing the emissions test on the car, since that has to get done before my birthday and doing it nearly a month in advance will give me a chance to see if there are any issues with it that need to be worked on to keep it on the road before I pay to have the tag renewed by my birthday in February.

I just hope there aren't any actual issues that have to be fixed. Otherwise, it's going to be another GoFundMe campaign for the repairs. Or begging Mum for a loan... again. I don't like having to keep on doing that, especially when [personal profile] katsuko's family doesn't kick in any.

But that's an old rant, one that's not likely to change at any point in the foreseeable future. I'm gonna go try to get some actual writing done now. Later, all.

A happy discovery

Saturday, 14 January 2017 04:23 pm
apollymi: Ripley staring out in the distance, Newt staring at Ripley, no text (Aliens**Ripley+Newt: Mostly at night)
So, by some mischance, I happened upon the fact that I can indeed access DarkMagick.net when I'm on the free IKEA wifi. There is just a bit of a trick to it. In order to do this, I have to be using Opera, in Private Mode, with the built-in VPN turned to 'on'. If I have all this going, then I can access DMnet at IKEA.

So, while I should be writing, despite how much these assholes are fighting me, I've been getting DarkMagick.net a little closer to done. I'm also done with formatting on the Fanfiction pages. Sort of. I ended up changing my mind on formatting part of the way through, and now I'm having to go back in and make changes to accommodate the changes I decided on. But! But but! But I can now work on DMnet while I'm hanging at IKEA!

Yeah, even though I have the day off and could be spending the whole day in my pajamas, I decided to ride with [personal profile] katsuko to IKEA. The idea was that I would be able to get more writing done there than I would at home. Roo has been big on boobs lately, so there's not a lot of chance to be productive with all that going on.

I mean, I am being productive here and now, but not productive in the way I wanted to be productive. I wanted to wrangle these damn boys into submission, especially the Faraday and Vasquez from Wicked Ones. It's like they don't want to get laid or something. I swear. Damn it, boys. Of course, right now that Faraday is probably a little shellshocked at the moment from stuff [personal profile] katsuko wrote this morning. Poor baby Goody. Jesus.

Okay, yeah, I'm just seriously sitting here working on an entry and switching back every now and again to DMnet to work on formatting. Once I finish getting most of these pages to the new formatting, I'll need to tackle the formatting on the biggest page: Crossovers. And once that's done, I'll start back up in uploading stories. I want to at least getting all The Magnificent Seven stories and chapter on the site.

And then I'll see if I can't do some character wrangling.

Crappy

Monday, 9 January 2017 10:59 pm
apollymi: Hatter with a cuppa, text reads "Tea?" (Alice**Hatter: Tea?)
So it hasn't been a good day for writing, but I'm not giving up on it today, not yet. I've been fighting with Scrivener all day, trying to get it to sync into Dropbox or pull up the most up to date copy of documents or what have you. It's just been a pain, but it's still one of the better writing programs I've used, so I'm sticking with it. After all, I'm much more comfortable with it than I am with Storyist... and I can use it to share documents with my coauthor [personal profile] katsuko much easier than, say, Word.

Work was a bit of shit show today. Not digging the new manager, Erik. I'm assuming he's an Erik with a k, not an Eric with a c. It's a thing. That's all I've got to say on that. It's a thing. We're talking to Carlos about this thing tomorrow, so I'm not going to be getting into it until then.

I do have a serious case of the unhappy stomach though, so I'm not sure how much I'm going to be able to sit around to get writing done. Maybe if I take my laptop with me to the toilet. It's not an appealing thought, but needs must and all that. I didn't eat anything today that I haven't had a hundred times before, but something with it made my stomach unhappy. Without anything better to say, I'll blame the barbecue sauce. :-(

So yeah, tonight might be the first night I have to admit defeat at less than 1000 words. We'll see. I'm going to keep on trying, at least for a little bit longer.

very quickly

Saturday, 24 September 2016 01:21 pm
apollymi: Trunks just after landing a punch, no text (DBZ**Trunks: Won't back down)
Okay, this is going to have to be a very quick entry, because I'm on the laptop. I asked [personal profile] katsuko to grab the laptop while I finished getting ready to take her to work, and I guess I should have specified 'Ripley and her power cord', because I'm missing that very important part of the equation. I won't go as far as saying it's the most important part of the equation, but it's definitely up there. The battery on Ripley is still the original one, so it's almost seven years old. It doesn't hold a long charge anymore. When I first got Ripley, her battery could last for a good five or so hours of extended use, but now, well, it's been seven years. She doesn't hold a long charge anymore. Now it's more like an hour or two. In other words, not enough time for things.

So I'm going to use said battery to get typed up what I handwrote yesterday. I'm also going to check my bank balances and see if I don't have enough to maybe get a salad or soup or something. I need more food in my stomach.
apollymi: Split icon, 1st close-up of Ripley's smug face, 2nd close-up of Hicks' grinning face, text reads "Where do you want it" (Aliens**Hicks/Ripley: Where do you want)
Do I have anything to say for myself today? No, not really. I had the day completely off work, so I slept in as late as I could (aka, as long as Roo would permit me), which turned out to be shortly after [personal profile] katsuko left for her IKEA work. Roo and I relocated to the couch, where I played games on my phone and he napped. Then I napped and he napped with me. Then I snacked my way through lunch and he tried to steal my food before going back to sleep. And then [personal profile] katsuko came home and brought in the vacuum cleaner that Mum stealth bought for me. And then I called Mum to ask if I needed to scold her for stealth buying me stuff again (to which she said, "well, it was only $20 and worked well for cleaning Betsy's place") and we chatted... and Roo napped. And then I fed [personal profile] katsuko dinner (some potato soup we picked up really cheap at Aldi) and Roo napped on one of the boxes next to us. And then I came back to back the hall and chilled with Roo some more. And then we were bad and went to McDonalds for drinks. And then we came home and I started this, along with reading some of [personal profile] sharpest_asp's Star Wars stories that I missed over Camp and putting in various applications... and Roo napped on me.

So, yeah, nothing really to report for today.

I do want to say "thank you" to [personal profile] darjeeling for introducing me to Lazarus, because Roo has made a point of deleting this entry over and over, and it was nice being able to get it back when it disappeared. It's made this easier for me. Thanks!

Roo is helping

Sunday, 24 July 2016 02:46 pm
apollymi: Hatter with a cuppa, text reads "Tea?" (Alice**Hatter: Tea?)
I wish I could take a picture of how it looks with me trying to get any amount of typing done around Roo's punk ass. He's in some kind of major love-love mood, which involves his entire head in my mouth if I dare open it and snuggling up to my face. I'm enjoying the latter, because my ear is hurting and he is so warm and purring. It's lovely on a sore ear. It's not too bad as long as I don't have to bend over or lean my head down for any reason, but if I do, blinding pain.

I had a decent writing night last night, but I didn't do a lot to whittle down my deficit all that much. I'm catching up, but it's some kind of slow going. I'm going to finish though. I'm going to get my 30,000 words, and it's going to be awesome. It will happen.

Right now, though, I need to finish getting ready for work at Mirko. I'm going to pack up Ripley and bring her along with, and there will be more writing, especially now that I've finished my latest Seven Seas project.

Anyway, time to get ready to go to work, so I'm going to leave this here with my updated word count. It's not great, but it is what it is... and here it is.


21044 / 30000 words. 70% done!

112

Friday, 22 April 2016 10:52 pm
apollymi: Luke holding a lightsaber, no text (SW***Luke: Lighter side of the Force)
What a fucking day. Sometimes I really fucking hate having to go into Mirko Pasta. Today was one of those days. I keep thinking that I should have accepted Carlos' offer to let me go home sick, but I didn't want to lose the money that a night's shift would eventually earn me. Now, though, I'm not sure it was worth the money. Not having to put up with whiny bitches. At least the customers were nice tonight. That's something at least. But we ended up leaving with a pissed off [personal profile] katsuko... that I have been feeding peanut butter fudge and Guinness to since we've been home.

Also, I'm going to have to get a new cooling mat for my laptop. Ripley does tend to run a bit too warm to have on my lap, and the mat I bought last July is definitely on its last legs. I'm looking at this one to replace it. It's got lots of good reviews, and it's decently priced. But I guess that's neither here nor there. It's going to be my next Amazon purchase either way. I'm tired of having to hold the USB cord in place for the current one to semi-work.

And yeah, that's about all I can think of to say today. I'll hopefully have more later, but for now, this is it. Later, all.
apollymi: Steve & Danny hugging, text reads "Stop breaking my fucking heart" (H50**Steve/Danny: Stop breaking my ❤)
I feel like I need to switch over to using numerals instead of spelling out the words for these entries. I'm not sure why, but maybe it's just me being a bit lazy and not wanting to type all that out. Pretty sad, huh?

I'm so bloody, goddamned exhausted. It's all I can do to keep my eyes open. And truth be told, I keep nearly falling asleep in Panera Bread. When I say nearly falling asleep, I mean startling back awake because my head tipped forward or backward. [personal profile] katsuko and I got the catering done this morning, but it meant that we had to be up by 7:30, to be on the road by just gone 8:00, so that we could be at Mirko by 9:00, so that we could get on the road with the food by 10:15, so that we could deliver it by 10:45 in fucking Duluth. All this for an order that I get 20% of the total on, before taxes. I think it was $300 after tax, and I'm not sure how to figure out what the total was before tax (and if it's taxed at Gwinnett County's 6.00% or Fulton County's 7.00% or what), so I have no damn idea what my percentage is. I'm too tired for math.

I did manage some writing at work yesterday, and I'm hoping to do that again today. At least today I've remembered to sync what I've written in Scrivener to Simplenote, so that I can just do it all on the computer and not have to write it down on dupe pads.

And yeah, that's about it. I need to get going over back to Mirko to join Katsuko for lunch. Later, all.

Eighty-five

Friday, 25 March 2016 11:18 am
apollymi: Zack holding Cloud, doujinshi art, text reads "Dream of me" (FF7**Zack/Cloud: Dream of me)
It's almost time for me to go over to Mirko from Panera Bread to pick up [personal profile] katsuko. I'm actually kind of hoping to get to some food that isn't from Mirko, Tacos and Tequila, or Panera Bread. I'm not sure that it will actually happen.

I'm going to have to save up some $110 in the very near future. I need to replace the MagSafe DC-In for Ripley, to combat the way it's not charging. Or rather, the way that I can plug the computer in... and then have to wiggle the connector until it lights up and charge the damn computer. I also need to get a new internal fan and the necessary tools to do all of this. And I'm not looking forward to it, simply because it will not be a simple fix this time.

Seventy-five

Tuesday, 15 March 2016 11:30 pm
apollymi: Luke holding a lightsaber, no text (SW***Luke: Lighter side of the Force)
And it's another late, late entry. Is anyone surprised at this point, honestly? Because I'm not.

And it's the Ides of March. Always fun.

Anyway, I don't really have anything to say at this point. I'm just running updates on Ripley that are long overdue.

Seventy-two

Saturday, 12 March 2016 02:00 pm
apollymi: Stitch looking shocked and dismayed, text reads "Oh noes!" (L&S**Stitch: Oh Noes!)
Another day spent at IKEA. I'm getting adept at finding alternate places to plug in the computer at this point. Right now, Ripley is currently plugged into the same spot as the IKEA Family card machine. The line for food is hella long, and I'm not actually sure that my $5 (from [personal profile] katsuko) and I are ready to venture into it.

[EDIT]: I ventured into it. 5 vegetable balls, black bean and quinoa chili, Harvest Cheddar Sun Chips, and french fries = $5. Not too shabby. A little carb heavy, maybe, but a filling lunch at least. I have barbecue sauce for my fries, but I'm wondering if I need to go back and grab some ranch for them also. Some variety, you know?

[EDIT 2]: Yeah, I did that too. Now I have 3 fries left and am wondering if I should get some honey mustard next. ~.~;;

I never thought I'd say it, but I kind of miss the phones being cut off by Verizon. I didn't get calls from debt collectors then.

And yeah, I've babbled enough for now. 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'.

Picture

Sunday, 29 November 2015 11:19 pm
apollymi: Cloud leaning on Zack, text reads "Love will find a way" (FF7**Zack/Cloud: Love will find a way)
I keep thinking that I need to take a picture of how I'm having to sit when Roo decides to join me and I'm on the couch with the laptop. It's probably pretty damn hilarious, seeing me try to balance said laptop, the cooling tray it sits on, and a big orange cat who may or may not be drooling in his happiness. Big Orange might also be sliding around, making himself more and more comfortable.

I did manage some writing today, though not as much as I would have liked. I'm going to be nowhere near 50k by tomorrow night, but I'm going to keep on writing. This story is interesting to me, and I kinda want to see where it goes. I don't think I'm putting it online until it's finished, though. Just in case it ends up an incomplete like so many of my other ones lately.

And that's about all I have to say for myself today. Later, all.

Long day, sore feet

Saturday, 28 November 2015 11:01 pm
apollymi: 3 sections, 1st close up of Nick's lower face, 2nd Nick & Cassie at table, 3rd Cassie holding head in pain, no text (Push**Nick+Cassie: Watcher Mover)
I'm typing this with my keyboard nearly up my nose, because of where and how Roo is sitting on me. It's... interesting to say the very least.

That said, though, I'm exhausted, it's been a very long day, and my feet are killing me from wearing heels all afternoon.

Don't know

Monday, 17 August 2015 11:46 pm
apollymi: Cloud leaning on Zack, text reads "Love will find a way" (FF7**Zack/Cloud: Love will find a way)
I don't know what Roo thought he was doing or how he was doing it, but somehow he managed to get the page to refresh itself about five times in a row. It was actually really kind of impressive.

He is also a naked boy, and I have no idea where his collar ended up this time.

Today is going to have to be an off day for me for exercising, be0----------------

...because Roo walked across the keyboard.

...no, because I got more or less drafted into cleaning up the closest behind the manager's office today. It was both hot as hell and hard work... and dusty as fuck. So I've been coughing and sneezing ever since I finished. I haven't coughed or sneezed my way into another asthma attack yet, but I'm not chancing adding on exercise to it. Especially not when it's a 100 jumping jacks day.

And I guess that's about it. Later.

Mwahahaha!

Friday, 7 August 2015 10:30 pm
apollymi: Grumpy kitten, text translates to "the Kitten of Death has you in sight" (Kitten: Kätzchen des Todes)
I felt like crap all damn day today... mainly because this happens once a month when I first go on the rag; I always feel like utter and completely shite all damn day. So I asked Carlos very nicely if I could leave pretty soon after [personal profile] katsuko got done at IKEA and came to Mirko. He said that, as long as the 16 top and any other big parties had their food, I could go. So I was out of there by around 8-ish. We put petrol in the car for the second time today, bought a few necessities for the house (mainly dry cat food), got sweet tea from McDonalds for ourselves, and came home.

I still feel like crap, but Roo is a warm heating pad on my uterus, so that's helping. He's also giving me a professional grade booby massage, so all is right with the world.

Also, I need to remember to bring either Ripley or Serenity with me to work tomorrow, so that when I get cut and head over to IKEA for the evening, I'll have something to do until Katsuko gets off. Otherwise, I'll sit around playing Puzzle and Dragons or reading Doctor Who fic all night. I know me.