Too much help

Monday, 13 March 2017 11:05 pm
apollymi: Drawing of cross-looking chick, holding a teabag. Text reads "No tea No work" (Stock: No tea = no work)
Okay, I'm having way too much help in the field of doing... well, anything today. The new Skype group I'm in is entertaining as hell, too entertaining to get anything done around them. Coworkers were too loud at Mirko to get too much writing done, even after I was off the clock. And Roo is being too much of a help for me to accomplish much of anything now that I'm at home.

I did manage to get all the newest chapters of stories up on, Monstrous (as appropriate), and [community profile] eternal_sailorm. So I guess I should feel accomplished about this.

I also managed to drink something like 8 cups of tea between Starbucks and IKEA, so it's a wonder I didn't float off into space today. Or maybe the cider helped with that. Because I like my alcohol sweet, damn it. (Which might explain my enjoyment of mead, as well.)

I did get a little bit of handwriting stuff done while I was at the restaurant, so I'm going to work on getting it all typed up now, so I'll be cutting this off here.

Later, all.


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.

Ehhh, something

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 11:01 pm
apollymi: Hicks holding Ripley back, text reads "Together" (Aliens**Hicks/Ripley: Together)
It's been a full day, but overall, it's been pretty all right. I did the catering this morning, and I took a picture of something appeal to my Magnificent Seven Tumblr crew.

Oh yeah, I'm developing a Tumblr crew. (It's Mardi Gras, so I'm having a hard time not calling it a "Tumblr Krewe", because I'm a dork.) There are now about six or seven of us Mag7 types on Tumblr just all in a more or less permanent state of amusement with one another. Seven would be all poetical, but I'm not sure we're there yet.

I'm back working on Memento Mori again, somehow. I've really just been playing with it off and on since November, but somehow the words started coming for it again. So I'm happy about that.

[personal profile] katsuko and I just finished rewatching The Magnificent Seven with the subtitles on. This is no surprise. I'm a little hard of hearing, so we usually watch with the subtitles on. This time was special, though, in that we watched it with the Spanish language subtitles on. It was purely so that we could get all the damn Spanish that Vasquez says when he's shooting McCann... and that bit wasn't even translated. Of fucking course.

Anyway, I think I'm going to work on Memento Mori for a bit while I'm waiting for midnight... so that I can post on After Midnight. Because I'm a damn dork like that.

Later, all.

Stupid early

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 06:50 am
apollymi: Sleepy orange kitten, text reads "Not awake not not not not not" (Kitten: Not awake)
I said last night that I had to get up stupid early to take [personal profile] katsuko to IKEA. Hello and welcome to stupid early. This post will be a huge ramble, because it's stupid early. Those two words might well be a theme for this post. I'm really tired, so I'm really babbly.

Cut for politics, US healthcare, and rants on Buckhead )

Cut for talking about writing and Mag 7 )

And finally, without a cut... Tomorrow's my birthday. I'm not even sure that I'm going to be able to go visit the family for it. Money's just too tight. [personal profile] katsuko and I celebrated her birthday too hard earlier in the month. I feel like I would be remiss to not include a link to my Amazon wishlists, though. Ummm, I like fanart and fanfic?

And I've killed most of the time I needed to wait, so I'm gonna close this off now. Later, all.

Quickly, from IKEA

Saturday, 18 February 2017 07:08 pm
apollymi: Kaiba looking pissed, purple overtones, text reads "Cursed" (YGO**Kaiba: Cursed)
Today has been a bit of a shit show all around. Roo woke me up nearly an hour and a half before my alarm was set to go off, mainly by nibbling on my fingers. I swear: he used to do that when he was a kitten, but then he quit for years... and now he's doing it again. I'm not sure what to make of that. After a version of snacking that passed as breakfast, we went to the emissions place to have Shinigami retested. He failed. The guy at the emissions place said to drive it about 25 more miles, half city and half highway (but no over 60 mph if possible and no cruise control), and then come back and test it again. So, even though the empty tank light was on, I did that, brought it back, and it passed. Apparently, the engine had to reach a certain temperature or something?

To any effect, that left no time for doing anything like lunch, not with having to fill the tank too, so while [personal profile] katsuko was gassing up the car, I ran inside the convenience store and bought whatever looked like it might be filling-ish for a sort of lunch. So [personal profile] katsuko and I have yet to have real food today. Unless crisps and candies count... which I don't think they do.

We have been talking about -- and trying to talk ourselves out of -- a crossover that amounts to "the damn Robicheaux boys meet the damn Winchester boys". In other words, we're talking ourselves out of a Mag7/SPN crossover, using the boys as brothers trope we're so fond of. Because we've already sounded out an entire scene of Goody upbraiding the Winchesters for kicking off an apocalypse. With Joshua more or less live messaging the entire thing to Vasquez. The mental images are hilarious.

Of course there is the not inconsiderable fact that [personal profile] katsuko I quit watching Supernatural after Season Five. Because it still seems stupid to me for the show to go on after the apocalypse has ended.

Plus, they killed off Gabriel. I still haven't really forgiven them for that.

So, anyway, no real food yet today. When [personal profile] katsuko gets off at 7:30, I think we're going to try that, along with grabbing some jeans at Old Navy, since she only has one pair left that (a) are intact and (b) fit her properly.

Other than that, I'm trying to get my words for the day. I only managed 462 yesterday, which was pretty bad but still better than [personal profile] katsuko's 3, so there is that. It's Day 49 of the year and I'm currently at 56,603, so I'm running about 7 days ahead of the minimum of where I need to be.

I have no idea when this post is going to go up. It might have to be when I get home tonight. IKEA's wifi has gotten pretty damn horrible. In fact, it's gotten horrible enough that I'm considering getting a mobile hotspot just for while I'm here. It only connects one time out of twenty-five attempts, and if it does connect, it only stays up for a few moments at the time.

And yeah, that's about it. I've got parts of Monstrous: After Midnight and Wicked Ones I'm working on, so I'm going to do that until [personal profile] katsuko gets off work. Today's chapter of Monstrous: After Midnight will go up when I have wifi that says connected for more than two minutes at a time.

And that's it. Later, all.
apollymi: Duo and Heero back to back, text reads "Together" (GW**Duo/Heero: Together)
Today has been a damn long day and I am more than ready for it to be over. I got [personal profile] katsuko to work at IKEA by 6:00 this morning, which meant that we had to leave the house by 5:20, so we had to be up by no later than 5:00. Like I said, I dropped her off and then tried to go to Starbucks. The sign on the door said that they open at 6:00, but it was damn sure still dark when I tried to stop by, so I went on to Panera Bread. By the time I got there, it was about 6:10 or 6:15; they open at 6:00 on the dot, or they're supposed to, per some other locations besides this one. The person who rang me up was ill-tempered, rude, and given to the heavy "why are you making me work" sighs. Still, I got my hot tea and tucked myself into a corner with an outlet to try to make words come until it was time to head back to IKEA, once it was open for the day.

I didn't manage nearly as much as I wanted to, words-wise. I haven't done too bad today, but I have yet to reach the minimum number of words I need--1,000--but I haven't given up trying for the day yet either. I'm still fighting these boys, trying to make them do what I want them to do. Not what they want to do, which is apparently make googly eyes at one another.

I got bored and uploaded a screenshot of my Scrivener folder... or at least The Magnificent Seven part of it. Because apparently the world needs to see the level of ridiculously organized insanity that I subscribe to and create.

And yeah, that's about it. [personal profile] katsuko and I have been turning the house upside down trying to find Jimi's collar. He ditched it while we were at work yesterday, and now we can't seem to find it. Usually he's good about getting it back out from wherever he's ditched it in a couple of hours, but so far that hasn't been the case this time. And it's his spiffy Sith collar too!

And now, for real, that's it. Later, all.


Monday, 23 January 2017 02:05 pm
apollymi: Duo, lowering sunglasses to look out, text reads "Don't fear the reaper" (GW**Duo: Don't fear the reaper)
Yeah, I'm tired and not having a lot of thoughts today, so rather than a proper entry, I'm going to do a recommendations list. I'm going to be hitting a lot of fandoms here, so bear with me.

The Magnificent Seven (2016) -- 7 stories )

Pacific Rim -- 2 Stories )

Inception -- 1 Story )

The Following -- 1 Story )

Eleven stories are enough for now, I'm thinking. With all the notes, I now feel like I've accomplished something for today. Now I need to make actual writing words happen. Later, all.


Sunday, 15 January 2017 02:39 pm
apollymi: Quentin kissing a woman's hand, text points to woman and reads "fangirl" (DS**Quentin: Werewolf of choice)
So I was going to work on getting more of the fics up on DMnet today, but it looks like they closed the loophole I found yesterday, so I really can't. Then I was going to do some more writing, but fanfic stole my soul and I ended up getting nothing done. I did manage to read some long fic, but no writing has happened yet.


Wicked Ones Joshua is still fucking fighting me. To a lesser extent, so is that Vasquez. More than that, I'm a chapter or so from what [personal profile] katsuko and I sat down and tagteamed the writing of. After that, there's only a bit more before the story ends. Well, I say that, but I mean it will only be a few more chapters, some of which are already written, but the chapters tend to be fairly substantial, usually around 3,000 words each. The part we're getting to is closer to is closer to 6,000 words, and that's if I don't do more editing and adding, like I have been doing. I've been tweaking on this one part since it was first written, especially as I get closer to it and small changes have to be made to it.

It's probably simultaneously both the most painful and most relieving thing I've ever written. It's both comforting and painful at the same time. I'll be happy to post it, though, at least so I can quit messing around with it.

I managed to get a bit close to tying up the scene I have been fighting with, but it's not completely over yet. There's just a bit more I need to persuade these boys to do, and then we can wrap. I wrote a bit more on the Leverage thing. Honestly, these damn cowboys are running my life at this point... and I can't say I'm angry about it. [personal profile] katsuko and I have spent more time conversing these days than we have in year, since we were both in the Yu-Gi-Oh fandom at the same time. I'm getting more writing done than I have in forever, and that's a damn good thing. And honestly, some of Wicked One is damn near therapy for me.

I still wish I could get to the gym. It's just not convenient, and apparently, I'm lousy at making time to go. On catering mornings, I don't want to get up any earlier than I already am, and I don't always have time between catering and work to run back to Roswell for the gym. It's been long enough since we've gone that I'm considering canceling our current gym membership. If I can get $100 to spare, I might just do that: cancel the current gym and go back to LA Fitness. There are more convenient locations available for it, after all.

And [personal profile] katsuko has now been released from IKEA, so we're going to go find lunch before Mirko.

Day 2

Monday, 2 January 2017 07:59 pm
apollymi: Ryou holding Thief King Bakura, text reads "Our Farewell" (YGO**Bakura/Ryou: Our Farewell)
When I have time tomorrow, I'm going to sit down and do my writing year in review. It's kind of nice to have fallen into The Magnificent Seven fandom because it means that this year there will be actual content my review. Last year, I had exactly one story, which is sort of embarrassing as a writer.

Gods, we made a throwaway comment the other day about needing a Mag7 and Leverage crossover, and now I'm nearly 1300 words deep into it. I'm trying to alternate between working on it, Monstrous: After Midnight, and the other stories. I'll count myself lucky if I can make words happen on Trinity, but we need to be building up a surplus on it. So far I've managed to contribute a whole lot of dirty talk, innuendo, double entendres, and two small sections, not even from main characters' POVs. But then, I wrote over 30,000 of Wicked Ones' 50,600 words (so far), so I guess it evens out.

And as far as #365k365days, I'm coming along well enough. Today hasn't been a good day for writing, but I'm still trying.


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.


Monday, 12 December 2016 02:34 pm
apollymi: The Labyrinth goblins staring out of dark background, text reads "The goblins are out to get you" (Labyrinth**Goblins: Out to get you!)
I had hoped that I was done with Civil War research for stories, but nope. I finally got my hands on the deleted scenes from The Magnificent Seven, which definitively states Goody's regiment (the Louisiana Tigers, 9th Louisiana Infantry), so I'm having to go back and check and change things. Thankfully it's not as many changes as it could have been. I'm glad for that at least.

Still, I'm so tired of researching.

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.

NaNoWriMo Day 30

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 08:25 pm
apollymi: Bakura & Kaiba fanart commission, text reads "Apollymi" (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 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 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 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 13

Sunday, 13 November 2016 12:31 pm
apollymi: Chris and Vin with a heart, no text (Mag7**Chris/Vin: ❤)
Well, this is coming along nicely. Somehow I managed to get enough words up last night that I'm now two days ahead. I know that that don't compare so much to those of you who are much, much further ahead, but this is doing good for me lately. It's been a couple of years since I manage to finish a WriMo. In fact, this will be only be my second winning WriMo since [personal profile] katsuko and I moved to Atlanta, if I manage to make it to 50,000 by the 30th.

Bitching and babbling for various verses )

And that was a hell of a babble. I should be writing, so I think I'm going to go try to do that. Here's the most up to date word count:

24547 / 50000 words. 49% done!

NaNoWriMo Day 10

Thursday, 10 November 2016 02:11 pm
apollymi: Manic look Ninth Doctor, text reads "I solemnly swear I'm up to no good" (DW**9th Doctor: Up to no good)
Well, NaNoWriMo is still going fairly well. I'm making great strides. I've gotten caught up to where I need to be, and I'm even a few hundred words ahead. I'm going to try to stay in that vicinity, if not work myself further ahead, because who knows how work days will end up going. Which is to say nothing of holidays.

[personal profile] katsuko and I did go to see The Magnificent Seven again yesterday. However, the Regal Cinema in the Mall of Georgia uses these bizarre glasses to display their subtitles. Not only did I leave the theater without the exact text I wanted, but I also left with a bad case of motion sickness and a headache. I tried twice to complain, but I had no damn luck finding someone to leave a complaint with. The manager was nowhere to be seen or summoned, and everyone else was just like "I dunno, I just work here".

I did end up making a lot of shorthand notes via my phone (because I forgot to bring a notebook with me since I thought I'd be able to record the subtitles, whoops). It's seriously all over the place as far as what I got down, since one line is a character's name, then it's a note on how many days' ride it is between various points, then names that Vasquez and Faraday call one another (I think my grandmother might wash both of their mouthes out with soap, so long as I translate all the Spanish), and so on. I also included a note that Teddy Q made off like a damn bandit at the end of the movie: two deceased people's rifles and another's horse.

[personal profile] katsuko and I have made this note aloud many times, but I just feel like it needs to be noted down here as well: they maintain their PG13 rating via the Firefly method. All the worst of the cussing is in another language, in this case Spanish, to sneak by the censors. Vasquez is actually a pretty foul-mouthed son of a bitch. I mean, chinga tu madre for one and the sheer number of times he calls someone cabrón or puta. It's an impressive number for a PG13 movie.

(Admittedly, they also kept the PG13 rating by cutting down on the blood splatter that should have accompanied some of the many, many gunshot wounds. That is neither here nor there, though.)

And yeah, I guess that's about it. I need to start getting Roo off of me so I can get ready for work and all that. I will leave off with an updated word count, of course:

16513 / 50000 words. 33% done!

NaNoWriMo Day 9

Wednesday, 9 November 2016 02:00 pm
apollymi: Hicks holding Ripley back, text reads "Together" (Aliens**Hicks/Ripley: Together)
Okay, trying not to have to deal with real life at the moment. Extremely disappointed with my country at the moment, but I do suppose there's nothing to be done for it, yeah? Not for four fucking years.

So in the pursuit of trying to not deal with real life, somewhere around 2:30 or 3:00 this morning, I bought [personal profile] katsuko and myself tickets to go see The Magnificent Seven one last time. I think this time is even going to be in IMAX, given the prices of the tickets. I'm going to get the closed caption device again, and this time I'm going to record the subtitles in parts where Vasquez is cursing up a storm... and where he calls Faraday "güerito.

I swear to you: this fucking movie, these fucking characters, this fucking fandom... It is certainly the kind to produce a lot of talented authors and drag people out of hiatuses -- both for writing and commenting.

I did finally end up finishing that recommendations page, in and amidst everything else I've been working on and dealing with. It's... shorter than I had been expecting it to be, but the stories on it are all quality. The Vasquez/Faraday just isn't updating as quickly as I wanted, so I'm starting to venture on to the Goodnight/Billy stories... and I tend to be finding a lot of BDSM... so clearly people are getting different vibes off them than I am.

Either way:
The Magnificent Seven (2016) Recommendations Page

And since it's almost time for the movie to start, I'm going to end here with my most up to date word count:

13946 / 50000 words. 28% done!