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.

Whoops

Saturday, 29 April 2017 11:53 pm
apollymi: Steve & Danny on couch, text reads "It is what it is" (H50**Steve/Danny: It is what it is)
I think I slept most of one of my two days off away. I mean, it's nice, because I feel a little closer to human, more than I have in weeks, really. But I saw [personal profile] katsuko off to work this morning at 6:15 or so, stayed awake until I got a text saying she was at work, went back to sleep, stayed asleep until almost 11, piddled around the house until she got home from work at 3:40 or so, ran errands, came home, laid down for a nap at 8:30... and just now woke up again.

And now it's almost 1 in the damn morning, I think I'm going to be going back to bed PDQ (pretty damn quick).

But on the other hand, I did manage to accomplish one thing: I bought [personal profile] katsuko and I tickets to see Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2. Okay, granted, I bought them for Thursday, because I was looking at the wrong week's schedule for [personal profile] katsuko. So part of our errands today was to go by the movie theatre and exchange them for tickets for the most appropriate Friday showing.

I am so stupidly excited about this movie. I'm desperately avoiding spoilers, but everyone has said that they enjoyed it. That's a good sign.

Even if I did dream a bit of fucked-up-ness of Chris Pratt's characters from the last three movies I saw him in (Joshua Faraday, Owen Grady, and Peter Quill) all being half-brothers, because Ego the Living Planet cannot keep it in his/its metaphorical pants throughout time and space.

And I refuse to write that. I will not write that. Not when I still have so many projects on my plate.
apollymi: Bakura looking smug, text reads "He belongs to the dark" (YGO**Bakura: He belongs to the dark)
I'm doing this to keep my mind of my sick kitty. I should have money by tomorrow to take him to the vet, and I'm just going to have to hope it will be soon enough. I've been working on Resurrectionist because it's pretty much the perfect combination of fluff and angst for getting through the day.

Either way, I wanted to share some of the "shippier" stories I've enjoyed in The Magnificent Seven with you, [personal profile] daimeryan_rei, since the last recs post gave you mostly gen fics.

Pretty much all of these are some permutation of Vasquez/Faraday (Varaday), usually with some Goodnight/Billy (GoodRocks) in the background, and most of them are by the same couple of authors. Because [archiveofourown.org profile] Hazel_Athena and [archiveofourown.org profile] ThrillingDetectiveTales deserve so much love.

The recs )

I might have gone a little nuts there. Sorry!

[personal profile] katsuko (or anyone else), if you can think of any others to add into this list, please leave them in the comments!

Rec links

Wednesday, 5 April 2017 09:51 pm
apollymi: Kaiba looking pissed, purple overtones, text reads "Cursed" (YGO**Kaiba: Cursed)
So I've been handing out rec links for [personal profile] daimeryan_rei for The Magnificent Seven. I managed to dig her up 4 more or less completely gen fics and one that is a pairing fic (but it's pretty low-key).

I have other recs lists up, one of which includes The Magnificent Seven stories, as well as my own website's Mag7 recs page... But I feel like I need some more.

So what I've recommended to [personal profile] daimeryan_rei so far are as follows: )

So, yeah, any other recommendations for Mag7 gen or low-key shipping fics would be greatly appreciated. And that's it for me. Later.

done

Saturday, 1 April 2017 10:47 pm
apollymi: Black background, text reads "Rare pairings: oh hell, why the fuck not?" (Text: Rare pairings - why not?)
I'm having a bad day emotionally speaking. It's... yeah... Okay, it's bad.

Like I've put some serious thinking into pulling Wicked Ones completely offline. Like I haven't told [personal profile] katsuko no, when she's threatened to hold stories hostage and just told her that the story she was originally suggesting holding hostage wouldn't make as much of an impact as After Midnight.

Because clearly, that's the only one of the Mag7 stories that matter.

I'm just a bit... It's been a bad day. It's been a lot of bad days all in a row.

Yes, I write WO for me. It helps me work through the shit that's built up in my head. It's some of the hardest, most emotionally draining shit I've ever written. Yes, it's not the most popular story I've ever written; that dubious honor belongs solely to After Midnight.

So I don't know. I'm having one bad day after another one. I'm alternating between feeling like I'm DB the Second for our little chat group or completely incidental. Like, if I weren't seeing my things pop up on [personal profile] katsuko's computer, I'd think they weren't going through. I feel like I'm either completely overwhelming everyone or I'm not there at all. I don't know: my brain insists that I'm either a fucking overwhelming burden or completely immaterial to everything going on around me. There is no happy medium.

And that's me. I'm in a bad mental place right now, and I'm too tired to even try to dig myself back out of it.

wait for it

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 09:29 pm
apollymi: Grover sitting on a cow, text reads "I'm on a cow" (SS**Grover: I'm on a cow)
Death doesn't discriminate
Between the sinners and the saints,
it takes and it takes and it takes
and we keep living anyway.
We rise and we fall
and we break
and we make our mistakes.
And if there's a reason I'm still alive
when everyone who loves me has died
I'm willing to wait for it.


Oh gods, I need to quit listening to Hamilton. I need to list to... RENT or something.

And I might be freaking out a bit, because I was persuaded to sing on camera for Mist and now I'm all embarrassed. Except now I seem to be in a sing-off against Mist, and it's almost funny. And no, I've only had the one glass of wine. Apparently I have just found my damn people.

And damn, I need to be working on Wicked Ones, because Hazel asked me very nicely not to put it on a delay, but if I don't get a few more chapters soon, I'll need to do that. I don't want to put it on delay. So I need to be writing. Not singing. Writing.

But it's damn late, so that might have to be a tomorrow project. Or I'll see how much I can get done between now and bed. I just want to write more today than [personal profile] katsuko did, so I still need to get to work.

So, yeah... Imma go do that.

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 DarkMagick.net, 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.

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.

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.

Recs

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.

Update

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.

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.

Update

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.

research

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!