apollymi: Stitch looking shocked and dismayed, text reads "Oh noes!" (L&S**Stitch: Oh Noes!)
I swear, I am actually getting sleep (somewhat) on these days when I'm not at work. Okay, I got sleep yesterday, but not so much today, since I drove [personal profile] katsuko into work. And since I can't quite seem to get drifted off tonight, I don't think I'll have a lot before going into work on Monday. Oh well, lots of caffeine will have to do the trick. I think I can handle that.

I'll have to handle it.

It was a fairly decent writing day, for all that I spent it bouncing between Panera Bread restaurants, drinking way too much hot tea and trying to stay awake. Granted, I didn't get as much writing done today as I should have. I didn't get enough done to make up for the couple of bad days I had Friday and yesterday. I never wrote less than a thousand words so far this month, but I've written less than my minimum of 1,613 (for 50k) and 2,097 (for 65k). I'll have at least managed that much tonight. I just won't have rebuilt my surplus that I had had going before.

I seem to have a bad case of snap, crackle, pop going with my shoulders and back. I had been going to take my laptop with me tomorrow to work, but I think I'm just going to stick to my regular purse and iPad instead. See if I can't cut down on my shoulder pain where I can.

And now, I haven't finished tonight's episode of Game of Thrones yet. No spoilers, please.
apollymi: Drawing of cross-looking chick, holding a teabag. Text reads "No tea No work" (Stock: No tea = no work)
Totally not my fault here. The Humor in Urban Fantasy panel didn't let out until 11:15, so it was 11:30 before we even go on the MARTA to come home, which is nearly a 45 minute trip from that part of Downtown Atlanta. So, yeah, I could have made this post before we left or on my phone, but for the former, I wouldn't have been able to talk about the panels, and for the latter, I wouldn't have been able to post in length about the panels. The screen on the 6s+ just isn't that big.

So, the Gods and Monsters in Urban Fantasy is still by far my favorite panel to date, but I think The Business of Ruling Westeros: An Hour with Jack Gleeson and Alexander Siddig was probably a very close second. Both actors were a lot of fun, very entertaining, and just all around a pleasure to listen to.

We had another Writers' Track panel that we walked out on today, this time Five Things I Wish a Pro Had Told Me When I Started Writing. We got through Point One ("Be Professional") and all the various iterations of the same thing beneath it (don't be an asshole, don't put down other authors, be on time and in the word count you were told, present a consistent image of yourself to your readers, and practice basic hygiene before meeting with anyone such as readers and/or editors. Basically, it was all "duh" stuff, but sadly, the panelists were so dry, monotonous, and insulting to other authors and potential authors that we couldn't hold on.

We split the remaining panels of the day between Urban Fantasy and Horror. The panels we went to were really, really good... but not quite as good as Gods and Monsters. The shapeshifters one was very interesting, and I got a few notes off it. The Humor in Urban Fantasy was a lot of fun, and I did get some notes there as well. The cryptozoology panel was fucking amazing, and it was probably my third favorite overall. But the The Haunted Summer panel, about the summer of 1816, known as The Year Without a Summer, and how it influenced the birth of the first modern vampire novel (The Vampyre, by John Polidori, and Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley), was my second favorite. Because I madly love the Romantics.

And yeah, I guess that's about it. [personal profile] katsuko and I have three panels to go to tomorrow, and then it's back to the Mirko grindstone. Hiss.

Game of Shade

Wednesday, 10 August 2016 11:33 pm
apollymi: Heero, Usagi, and Duo, close up on their eyes, text reads "OT3" (OT3: Duo/Usagi/Heero (eyes))
So, [personal profile] katsuko and I are watching some Game of Thrones (though I still call it Game of Shade), trying to get caught up with Season Six. We've watched clips from each episode on YouTube, generally in no kind of order, but now we're finally marathoning our way through the actual episodes, in order, as they should be, while we eat Thai and play on our phones. Because we are multitasking bitches like that.

And I'm dizzy as fuck, so I'm just going to go back to all of that now.


Monday, 16 May 2016 11:36 pm
apollymi: Sherlock looking excited, text reads "This is so going on my blog" (BBCSher**Sherlock: Going on my blog)
I'm so glad that my work week is finally over; it's been so long and so trying. I'm hoping that with a couple of days off, I can get to feeling closer to 100%, because frankly, that would be lovely.

Mostly, I just want to rest until the hazy, disconnected feeling in my head abates some and maybe -- just maybe -- my feet quit hurting. (I don't have high hopes on the latter, though.)

Other than that, I'm continuing my policy of watching clips from Game of Thrones... And I remain hopeful for the day someone puts a strong case of dead on Ramsay Bolton, preferably soon.


Tuesday, 10 May 2016 10:53 pm
apollymi: Close ups of Arthur and Eames, no text (Incep**Eames/Arthur: Perchance to dream)
A late entry today, but for good reason: it's my damn day off. I've been watching YouTube videos most of the day, and it's been pretty nice. It's been a lovely quiet day, and I could stand to have a lot more of them. Honestly, I've been napping (rather than eating -- bad, I know, I know), hanging with [personal profile] katsuko, and watching YouTube.

And to think... all this YouTubing came about because I wanted to watch the Jon Snow parts of the latest episode of Game of Thrones (aka, Game of Shade).


Thursday, 5 May 2016 11:21 pm
apollymi: Godzilla - Text reads "Warning: Cranky! Proceed with caution" (Godzilla**Godzilla: Warning: cranky - U)
What a shitty, shitty day. I'm not sure I want to get into everything that's happened today. I'm just going to be glad it's pretty much over. I'm going to continue watching "Game of Shade".


Wednesday, 4 May 2016 11:55 pm
apollymi: Close ups of Arthur and Eames, no text (Incep**Eames/Arthur: Dream bigger)
We continue to watch our way through "Game of Shade", [personal profile] katsuko and I. Everyone continues to throw massive shade, and I fucking love it. (Also, iOS, I have never meant "ducking". Never once.)

And yeah, that's about it.


Tuesday, 3 May 2016 10:06 pm
apollymi: Kyo and Yuya back to back, red background, no text (SDK**Kyo/Yuya: The red strokes)
Not much to say for myself. I've mostly been relaxing on my day off, and now [personal profile] katsuko are catching up on Game of Thrones. (We've decided to call it "Game of Shade", for the amount of shade, for the sheer amount of shade thrown around by the characters. Bronn might just be the king of shade.)

So tired

Monday, 3 March 2014 09:00 pm
apollymi: Bakura & Kaiba fanart commission, text reads "Apollymi" (DBZ**Trunks: Speechless & blushing)
I swear: it never ends. We sent off the last of the paperwork today for Katsuko's car, after having to go to two different places to find a notary to authorize the paperwork. I called Progressive and took that car off the insurance today and upped my own coverage to comprehensive... but made sure to leave Katsuko on the policy in case she needs to drive the car and I'm not present. We went by the Dekalb Police Station to pick up a copy of the police report. (And paid a whopping 75¢ for it, at that.)

We got done with all of that... and I get a telephone call from Mum after dinner to ask if the insurance on my car had lapsed because Grandfather (who I bought the car from back in 2009) had just gotten a letter in the mail saying that there was some issue with the registration on my car lapsing because I didn't have insurance on it. Bwuh??? So Grandfather and I exchanged all the relevant information, and he's going to go talk to the County Tax Collector down there... because he's cut the guy's hair since he was a wee thing and apparently this means a lot in a small town.

Mum and Charlie just got the same paperwork on the car today that I did on Friday, so who knows what the delay there was. But they're getting that all filled out and such, so that all our little duckies should be in a row.

But it's just one thing after the other, and I'm not sure how much longer my brain can take this. I sort of want to start crying now, even though it's a relatively minor thing, even though it's something that Grandfather can handle just by talking to Brooke Hixon. I'm just so damned tired of everything, and honestly, I think if I could cry easily, I probably would be now.

(And yet every time I get to where I need to cry, I hear that Oyaji voice in the back of my head, snapping at me to stop with the "crocodile tears". Fake tears for the nonnative English speakers on my list. This is also the reason why, if I'm upset about something, I bite my lower lip, after years of him talking about "that lower lip poking out".)

I'm just so worn out of it all: of not having a job, of always being broke, of having to depend on other people for money, of all this stuff with vehicles, of breathing, of just being. Being is just physically and emotionally exhausting for me right now. I sort of want to check out doing that, but I just can't.

Okay, fuck. Brighter note. There has to be a brighter note somewhere.

I have a stupidly easy recipe for wassail, and I think I'm going to make some in the very near future, like later tonight or tomorrow. I have a new book from Seven Seas to translate: Zero's Familiar Chevalier, Volume 2 due on Thursday.

Katsuko and I sat down in the evening yesterday to watch a couple episodes of Game of Thrones Season Two. We ended up watching all 10 hour long episodes in one sitting, and we ended up going to bed this morning at just after 6 a.m. So that was fun. We still have Season Three to watch, but I doubt we will do another marathon for that. In fact, we've pretty much said that we'll watch one side of one disc at a time, because that was a bit rough going. I doubt we'll be doing that again any time soon.

But now I'm running out of things to say. I have some 130 words to go, and I'm not sure I have more words to say. I do have my Camp NaNoWriMo April Edition "novel" information up. I can post that here, see how many words that gives me:
I'm seriously in need of finishing stories. That will be my Camp NaNo April Edition goal.

In order of the things that need to be worked on:
(Fanfiction) Betrüger - At least 5,000 to 10,000 words
(Ellie Original) Blood and Sacrifice - At least 15,000 words
(Fanfiction) Crooked Way - 19 more chapters (to make 24)
(Fanfiction) Street Angel - As much as is needed
(Fanfiction) Dust to Dust - As much as is needed
(Fanfiction) CSI: Toronto - As much as is needed

Well, six more words to go, so that's enough for me to close up and say good night. Later.

Good morning babbles

Saturday, 11 January 2014 07:16 am
apollymi: Bakura & Kaiba fanart commission, text reads "Apollymi" (GW**Heero: Emotion)
I got out of bed a few minutes ago and had to pull up the calendar app on my iTouch to find out what day of the week it was. I officially had no goddamn idea. The only reason I know it's Saturday is thanks to my little iPod Touch... and it's on 750Words.com... and at the top of Ripley's screen. But I woke up this morning with no idea at all. I was pretty certain it was somewhere around the middle of the week.

So I have an interview next week. It would be for a nights and weekends receptionist at a healthcare group. It's something I applied for on Monday in order to work towards my 5 applications a week, and I got a call to interview for it on Friday. Maybe I'm too used to the lack of speed by universities and government, but that seems like a really quick turnaround. Either they really desperate to have the position filled or they're just really desperate. I'm going to go to the interview, of course, but I won't scoping out the location ahead of time.

I also got my application in for the Georgia State job that was emailed to me. It's classified as Senior Management, so I'm not sure about my chances. I would love to have it, no doubt about it, but I'm not exactly holding my breath. Francis liked me for it, but I'm not holding my breath. The main spot I'm lacking in is the knowledge of C++ or Perl or other programming language. Granted, that it is listed as a preferred qualification for a candidate to have, not a minimum requirement. So that does save my bacon a little bit, because I do pretty well otherwise. If I managed to get the job, the pay would be... quite nice. The minimum hiring pay is nearly double what I was getting at FSU. And I like the school quite a bit. I mean, it's right there in Five Points, everything is walkable on campus, and the place had a nice, growing energy. The school has been there for at least a hundred years, but it's still called one of Georgia's best kept secrets; even in the interview for the job I didn't get with the department, I had to admit to Frances that when I was applying to colleges, I didn't even realize Georgia State was an option.

Not that I could have gone, thanks to himself. Oh, to be able to stick the conscious mind of my 33 year old self in my 18 year old self's body... I would have to tell her that Oyaji likely would not have pulled the trigger (when he stuck a gun to his own head and said he'd kill himself if I went off to college) and I could have gone to Winston-Salem or just about anywhere else I wanted to go for school. My sense of self-worth would probably be a whole lot better now than it is otherwise.

Happier subject... I preordered a copy of Game of Thrones season three yesterday, since I had been paying a bit extra on my Best Buy card where I could in order to get that. We thought about it and discussed it, and we finally decided to go with the House Targaryen cover. Oh, it was between the Targaryens and the Starks, but Dany won. (And I'll keep my pet theories to myself, though looking at some of the older Entertainment Weekly photo shoots, I wonder about my pet theory.)

I have a minor dilemma as far as one of my own stories goes. Over July last year, I worked on my Mirror Doll 'verse a bit. (I've discussed the mythology here a bit: a group of sisters creating the various races, including the Snow Queen, who made a race who has since died out. The story takes place a few hundred years in our future, but there haven't been all that many changes. There was a pretty huge war ten years before where my story starts where the humans tried to wipe out as many of the Others--basically, other beings--as possible, only stopping with their figurehead general disappeared.) I had originally intended to set up two characters. I started the story with that intention. And then somewhere along the way, my brain started throwing crazy ideas out there, as it is wont to do during WriMos, and suddenly the pair of them are half siblings, though that hasn't been revealed to them yet. And now I have this buildup for the relationship and a sudden siblingness that is developing off screen, so to say, which just means it's still only in my head. And I'm just not sure what to do with either of them: the relationship or the siblingness. Yeah, I just don't know. I'm not sure I want to go all V.C. Andrews here.

And other than that, I've been brainstorming on the sequel to Belladonna: Street Angel.... because I'm continuing the tradition of Stevie Nicks song titles for story titles in this series. I have at least part of the prologue done out in my head, and I have most of Chapter One written; yes, I know, backwards order there.

Finally, part of me is giving though to trying to find a new writing name, one that isn't mired in a fandom I do not enjoy, but I don't know what. I'm sort of caught up in the Apollymi name now and have been for a while. It's a fairly easy pen name for people to remember, I'm told, and it certainly seems to confuse people less than Eternal SailorM ever did. So yeah, I might want to change it, but I'm not sure I could or would at this point.

And that's it. I've got nothing else. Later, folks.

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Tuesday, 17 December 2013 11:41 pm
apollymi: Bakura & Kaiba fanart commission, text reads "Apollymi" (Alice**Jack: Prince Cockblock)
I'm sitting here waiting on my hair to dry so that I can go to bed. Tomorrow's my interview at Georgia State University, for a temporary Administrative Assistant, and yeah, I could really give less than a damn, but I do have to go to these interviews or lose my unemployment. I don't really want to work at a job for a few weeks or months and then have to get my unemployment back again, but if it's what I've got to do, then it's what I've got to do.

Got up at 8:00 this morning. (I'll have to get up earlier than that tomorrow to make the 9:30 interview... plus the hour drive there.) I can't say I did a lot today. I made lunch for Katsuko and myself, and I managed to stay conscious all goddamn day, which is saying something, especially compared to yesterday. I got Katsuko on the road for work on time, and I've been watching Game of Thrones clips ever since.

Seriously, I'm going to be so glad when Season 3 comes out on DVD/BluRay. I think we're waiting to watch Season 2 until we have Season 3. We have seen the first episode of Season 3, at the premiere event at FSU, and we've seen clips from throughout both seasons, including a certain infamous scene at the penultimate episode of Season 3. But I know I'm ready to sit down and marathon both seasons.

I did my abs exercise today... and that hurt a bit. I decided to go with the Easy Abs exercise from Back on Pointe, but it still sucked. Seriously, this lady knows how to work a body. I've felt more exercised and worked out with these than with a lot of other exercises. Tomorrow is a Challenge day... and I have no bloody idea what kind of exercise I'm going to do. Maybe the Weather Workout, because I haven't the foggiest on the others. I don't watch any show with commercials to do that kind of exercise, and so on and so forth.

The construction at the apartment continues. They replaced the window in Katsuko's bedroom today, resulting in the burglar alarm going off again. I had them place it in test mode until 6:30 in the evening to be sure that it wouldn't be set off again. Since they've started putting some of the new doors on, I have a feeling that Katsuko might get to deal with that bit of fun tomorrow. I don't know how early they'll start on all of this, but it might be early. They put new doors on the far side of our building today, and I'm not sure how soon they'll get to our apartment. I just know that it's going to suck out loud, especially if they replace the window in my bedroom at the same time. The cats' kitchen litter box is currently in my bathroom anticipating that they will need to be confined at some point in the tomorrow... which, again, will suck.

I haven't accomplished any writing today. I meant to, once I had the house to myself, but it just didn't happen. Game of Thrones, man... It ate my afternoon, and that was just watching clips, not entire episodes. I should have known better. It always ends up happening. I just get caught up in the epic histories and such, and before I know it, it's late.

I've got Katsuko to Volume 29 of Samurai Deeper Kyo. So close... She only has 7 more volumes to go, and then I can at last have someone to fangirl that damn ending with. I'm ready for some fangirling, dammit. The whole true crimson eyes and the last child of the Mibu and everything about the whole goddamn series that drives me nuts... It all must be fangirled. I love that series so damn much, but there just aren't enough people out there to talk to about it. It wasn't a terribly popular series in the States, and there just really aren't enough people out there talking about it. (What kills me is that some of the best fan fiction out there for the series is on AdultFanfiction.net. Yes, some of the best stuff out there is flat out smut. This hurts. I love smut; don't get me wrong; but sometimes I want some plot to go along with my smut. I get more plot from doujinshi... and I can't even read Japanese.)

And I just totally added the French editions of Volumes 1 through 4 of Samurai Deeper Kyo to my Amazon wishlist. Because apparently, I'm a bit out of my mind. But also I want to brush up on my written French, and I might as well enjoy myself while I'm doing that, yeah?

And apparently, Katsuko and the runners at her work are being let go early for the night, so she's on her way home. I was about to go crash, but I guess I'll wait the half hour for her now. And maybe go put on socks. Later, folks.

A sleepy Monday

Monday, 1 April 2013 02:27 pm
apollymi: Tracy on the phone, looking very unimpressed (FK**Tracy: Not impressed)
Well, the premier last night was a lot of fun. We did not manage to snag a DVD case, but between [personal profile] katsuko and myself, we managed to get 2 HBO cups, 2 decks of playing cards, 3 posters (Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lanister, and Jon Snow), an oversized Season Three dragon silhouette poster, and a dragon silhouette notebook. All in all, it was not a bad haul.

It took us forever to crash after that last night, though, so we're both exhausted today. Add to that the sinus crap I've got going on and it gets even more annoying.

Really, I just want to go home and go straight to bed. We have a DVD boxset to pick up (since we didn't win it last night), and then I still have to make dinner/lunch for tomorrow. A lot of me, though, wants to just make lunch for tomorrow, have ramen or fakin' bacon for dinner, and go straight on to bed after Best Buy.

A busy Saturday

Saturday, 30 March 2013 09:32 pm
apollymi: Chococat sitting in an orange chair, no text (Sanrio**Chococat: This is my ROOM!)
It's been a busy Saturday... again. Husband of [personal profile] roguegambit said he might be able to slave the hard drive on Duo and recover the data from him, so [personal profile] katsuko and I packed up a 20" iMac and went over there. Rogue headed out to get stuff for her shindig tonight, and I went to Steak N Shake to get food for Katsuko, Husband of Rogue, and myself while the two of them worked on Duo. When I got back, the following was declared:

The hard drive that had been in Duo was a Hitachi Deskstar, called by techies the "Deathstar" for its high failure rate. That it was a 2005 version makes it pretty amazing that it lasted as long as it did. Tech gurus might be able to recover the data, but it was beyond what Husband of Rogue had available currently... and sounds like it takes a more expert level of tech guruism to achieve.

I just want the photos and stories off it. There are a whole lot of photos on there that are only on there... And that's hella depressing.

I swear, if my days keep going like this, I'm gonna go ahead and do what I want to do to my hair because it will make me feel prettier/better. Because it hasn't been a great day, though, today I'm just gonna eat me some Sweettarts and let that be it.

Tomorrow: GI Joe: Retaliation and the Game of Thrones premier.

Something to say

Sunday, 18 March 2012 10:16 pm
apollymi: Split icon, top close-up of Ripley's face in color, bottom close-up of Hicks' face in b&w, no text (Aliens**Hicks/Ripley: Stares)
I suppose I need something to say, so that I can stick to my promised updating frequency.

Yesterday, [personal profile] katsuko and I sat down and marathoned our way through Game of Thrones. A lot of the stuff I called way in advance. It was a good show, if a tad predictable. I will buy the second season once it's out on DVD too. On the other hand, though, I think I heard the word "cock" more than anywhere but maybe a bad slash fic. Also, there was a truly amazing number of tits, and all I can is I see why it had to be on HBO rather than anywhere else.

I haven't read the books. I don't think I will until the series is completely done. I don't want spoilers -- and I don't want to be disappointed if I find things they've changed.

Today, we've been watching Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, at least the episodes I can still find the desks for. I'm going to have to hunt them up at some point soon.

And I meant to be in bed an hour ago.