apollymi: Finn von Claret (formerly of Abney Park) in steampunk outfit, no text (Steampunk: Cosplay (Abney Park))
Because gods know I've got no words today...

Rules: Choose any 3 fandoms (in random order) and answer the questions. Then tag some friends.

*I choose:
1. The Magnificent Seven (2016)
2. Yu-Gi-Oh (anime and manga)
3. The Avengers/Marvel MCU (This means all the movies so far, plus Agents of SHIELD and the Netflix series currently out)

the questions )

[personal profile] katsuko, [personal profile] daimeryan_rei, and [personal profile] not_hathor
apollymi: Text only, "Security is going to run you down hard" (Incep**Eames/Arthur: Security)
So yeah, Camp NaNoWriMo is now officially over. Jury duty is now officially over. A one cat household is now officially over. It's a day of endings.

I finished Camp with 61,853 words, which isn't so bad, I guess. It's not fantastic or anything, but it's a good word count. [personal profile] daimeryan_rei said she would get me back for beating her word count back in April, and I'll be damned if she didn't. She didn't just get me back: no, she pretty thoroughly stomped me.

I went in for my jury duty. I feel like I spent most of my day sitting in a chair watching reality TV, mainly Hotel Impossible. The first group (of 70 people) was called back around 9:00 or 9:30 in the morning. The second group (of 40) was called back at around 10:30 in the morning. A break was called that was supposed to be for 20 minutes, but most people came straggling back around 11:00. Finally they came up and said that the third trial of the day had been settled without the need for a jury and the potential jurors for that one could go home. Turned out that that was the trial I was supposed to be on, so I got to bail around 11:45. Since the only thing I'd eaten all day had been some PopTarts out of a vending machine, I went to Peachtree Center for some lunch (Thai noodles, with tofu, steamed veggies, and lots of duck sauce). By then it was nearly 1:30, so I decided to call it a day and go to IKEA to pick [personal profile] katsuko up from work and take her to Mirko.

...which is where point number three comes in. Boo has been acting a bit miserable being an only cat, so we had been talking about looking for her a companion. We were denied at FurKids, and we didn't see anyone that really appealed to us at the Mansell Road Humane Society. But for shits and giggles, we decided to swing through the Howell Mill Road Humane Society on the way to Mirko. [personal profile] katsuko fell in love hard and fast with Lucille -- now Luci -- and we ended up bringing her home today as well. She's currently living it up in the bathroom, while she and Boo have slap fights through the door. And me? I'm trying not to have a hundred panic attacks, because right around the time we got to the adoption process and signing the paperwork, my brain started having the mother of all freakouts. I'm not certain at all that I was ready for a new kitty, but we've got one now, so I'm going to have to do some adapting myself.

One last ending: me being awake is officially over. I've been drifting in and out most of the day, and I think I'm going to sign off on trying to stay awake any longer. It's really early, especially for the last night of a Writing Month, but I'm knackered. I'm too emotional to try to stay awake and deal with anything, so maybe some sleep with put me of a better mood and mental capacity to deal with anything.

So that's what today has been. And that's what I'm going to go do: sleep like a motherfucker.

Good night, all.

End of April Camp

Sunday, 30 April 2017 10:35 pm
apollymi: Sailor Moon posing, no text (BSSM**Usagi: ☮ (Peace!))
It's the very last day of Camp NaNoWriMo April Edition. It's been a fun right. I can say that I did finish the month with over 50,000 words, which was my goal. I did decide at the last minute that I wanted to write more words than [personal profile] daimeryan_rei, which was probably a dumb idea, since Dirj writes like a mother, and it meant I needed to do a last minute word sprint to get to where I wanted to be. It meant I had to break out Write or Die to get a thousand words in 30 minutes at one point. I'm trying my best to get the words I need, but it's going to be tight. I'm not sure how much awake I've got left in me at this point.

On the other hand, I had a nice two days off in a row, and I think I'm going to get very spoiled on that. It gave me long enough to feel a little less run down. It gave my feet long enough to stop hurting quite as much as they were before.

Tuesday I do have my Benefits orientation, so I'll be getting myself signed up for those in the very near, which is damn nice. That's a nice thing to be moving towards. I'm still not sure if I'm going to go with Single Healthcare or Domestic Partnership Healthcare. It's a terribly important thing to be deciding on, though, so I'm not rushing it. Either way, [personal profile] katsuko still has her coverage through IKEA, which also covers me until mine goes into effect. If I go with single coverage, then in June, during open enrollment, she can change to single as well. If I go with the domestic partner coverage, she cancel her IKEA one altogether.

But that's a saga for Tuesday. Right now I'm not going to worry about it, since it's something I'm not making decisions on until I have all the information in front of me.

And Friday is the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie! I so cannot wait! I need some good, happy Marvel movie. Because my Tumblr is alive with bitching about Captain America: Civil War, and I'm fucking sick of it. It's been the first fandom thing I've blocked on Tumblr.

And I guess it's time for me to get my ass to bed. The morning comes early, since I have to have [personal profile] katsuko to IKEA by 7:00 and myself to New Job by 8:30. Later, all.
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.

Lazy day

Thursday, 16 March 2017 10:45 pm
apollymi: Hicks holding Ripley back, text reads "Together" (Aliens**Hicks/Ripley: Together)
I did a whole lot of nothing today. I feel vaguely more human than I did yesterday or the day before, but I also feel like I could use two or three more days of this to be in a better place mentally. I'm still working on it, and mostly it involves sleeping a lot. But I'm getting there. I'm trying.

I still have moments where I just want to go jump off a bridge. I'm not exaggerating. I want to jump off a bridge. I'm afraid of heights. But no, my brain has decided that the 400-to-85N overpass looks really fucking appealing. I drive over it once a week, and I drive under it three or four times a week. It's a constant thought. I tell myself that rush hour traffic is bad enough without a body to contend with too. Some days it even helps.

What I haven't done yet today is write. I've answered questions about writing. I've read other people's writing. But I have done very little of my own.

I need Wicked Ones to talk to me. I need to know what the hell is going on in Joshua's head, post-confrontation with Goody. I know he's working his own way to a better mental place, but he's not 100% there yet.

Damn, I wish all my friends from all my fandoms would watch this movie. I appreciate all the reviews and such I've been getting, but there are just times I want to see what [personal profile] desolate03 or [personal profile] daimeryan_rei think of some of the crap I'm writing right now. Granted, some of the stories are so AU that you almost don't need to have seen the movie. But sometimes we just flat out skip scenes that we didn't change from the movie, so that doesn't actually work.

The cut on my hand is looking a little closer to healed. I almost think the part across the meat is nearly there. It's the part that's closer to the side and the nail that is still lingering. The butterfly bandages have done a great job of keeping it from moving and all, so it is getting a chance to heal up nicely. It ain't gonna be pretty, but hopefully sooner or later, it'll be healed up.

What little I have written today has been on Monstrous: After Midnight. I'm working on the final battle in chunks and pieces. I have a whole mess of things that have to happen. I need to get through the Gatling gun, Fae-raday being shot, Jack Horne turning wendigo, blowing up the Gatling gun, and the aftermath. I don't know what [personal profile] katsuko's plans are, if she's going to try to get us to the point I'm writing, if she's going to tackle the Bogue takedown, or what's happening.

And that's enough whinging for today. I've been working on this for well over an hour now. That's longer than any journal post of any length should take.

Later, all.

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 29

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 11:23 pm
apollymi: Vasquez firing his two guns, no text (Mag7**Vasquez: Shootout)
Come on, ibuprofen, please kick in. I've had a screamer headache all damn day, one that's only gotten worse as the day has gone on, especially since everything has been so damn loud. I've tried tylenol earlier in the day, and it did nothing, so I now trying ibuprofen and seeing if that helps. If it doesn't, then it's on to my knockout medicine and try to sleep the damn thing off.

Tomorrow is, of course, the last day of NaNo. I'm rather pleased with how I've done this time around, though I haven't been my end of the month goal to myself, which was to write more words than [personal profile] daimeryan_rei. I'm in one way word war, and I'm losing. I need to be over 62,000 words to beat her, and I don't think I'm going to manage that many words in the tonight and the tomorrow, not unless we manage to get set up somewhere good and get a lot of writing done.

Roo is a heavy ass weight on my lap, where I would like my laptop to be. He's all happy and purring, and it is sweet. He's just getting heavy again. I guess that's a good thing, though he is putting on weight faster than his body can redistribute it. So at times he looks like he's about to pop with kittens, and at times he looks like he's the world's meatiest kid with fat rolls everywhere. But I am happy that he's gaining his weight back.

And that's about all I've got to say for myself today. I'm going to try to get some more words done tonight, and we'll see how I look in the tomorrow then. Here's where I'm at right now:

59961 / 50000 words. 120% done!

Getting close

Friday, 29 July 2016 10:42 pm
apollymi: Close ups of Arthur and Eames, no text (Incep**Eames/Arthur: Dream bigger)
Oh man, time is getting really close on Camp. I'm the only one left in my cabin who hasn't already finished. [personal profile] katsuko has already finished her 10,000 words. [personal profile] daimeryan_rei has already finished her 50,000 words. I... still haven't finished my 30,000. And that's fucking embarrassing. I miss my set daytime schedule at FSU right about now, because then I could at least plan when I would be doing my writing and how much I needed to get done each evening. Trying to write after work at night, it's hard. It's really, really fucking hard, and I'm not doing well at it.

But I'm still trying. I haven't given up on it yet. I haven't given up on this story or Camp/JulNo yet. (I feel like I have given up on myself, but that's not a story for today. Today is all about writing.)

I did get some writing done at work. There were no major issues today, and all my servers behaved... for the most part. Gaven still acted like a damn prima donna, trying his best to stir up shit.

I did my interview with Planet Fitness today. It was... sketchy. Super, super sketchy. There were just so many little red flags that the whole thing made me uncomfortable. When I applied for the job, it was listed as a full-time position. When I went in to interview, I beat the interviewer -- the manager -- in. When she eventually got there, I went to tell her that she had something stuck to her shoe, and she said that it was the bottom of her shoe being torn and her being unable to afford to get a new pair. (Red flag #1: even the manager isn't making a lot of money.) The first interview question was "is there anything you aren't willing to clean?" Because apparently there is no cleaning crew and the staff has to fold up the machines and clean them daily. (Red flag #2: mainly because it's not a small gym and I'm not sure I would be physically capable of cleaning some of these things.) As we continue to discuss the job and all, I mention that I'm hopeful for the full-time hours, to which she replies that it's only a part-time position. (Red flag #3: the job was listed online as full-time, which was the only reason I applied for it. I don't need another part-time position.) After a bit of interviewing, she has me give her a tour of the facility as if she were a new guest, which I did and which she said I did a very good job at, remembering things that most people forgot. Then she had me come behind the counter and check in some members. While I was back there, another employee came in to talk to the manager, and the manager just blanked her: wouldn't even look at her, just kept saying that it was a human resources issue and the employee needed to talk to HR, not come to her. The second the employee was back out the door but before the door even closed behind her, the manager turned to me and stated, "And this is why we are hiring." (Red flag #4: I don't care how bad an employee is: don't badmouth them in front of a new potential employee.) After a bit of standing around, the manager has me four sheets of paper and says, "have these memorized by Monday at 10 and we'll get you started". (Red flag #5 and #6: They are hiring this position way too fast. That means they can't keep people. And I told you that I couldn't start until I gave two weeks' notice at my current job. I'm not just leaving there right away. I haven't invented time travel yet.) Also, while I was there, the manager was asking one employee about if she had worked the night before. (Red flag #7: the manager doesn't even know when people are working, though admittedly, this is an issue at Mirko too.)

So yeah, I don't think I'll be taking the position. It's just too many little things that aren't sitting right for a job that would only pay about what I'm making now at Mirko... and no idea what schedule I would be on. It wouldn't be more than 20 hours a week, which is no help really, considering that's what I'm working at Mirko now.

Yeah, I've got nothing else. Here's the most up to date word count. Later, all.

26462 / 30000 words. 88% done!


Saturday, 2 April 2016 01:33 pm
apollymi: Manic look Ninth Doctor, text reads "I solemnly swear I'm up to no good" (DW**9th Doctor: Up to no good)
Day two of Camp. I guess I'm doing okay. I got going with the writing from the second possible opening I had, using Rose as a narrator (instead of the other option that had used Izzy instead), and it's working pretty okay. I did find out that the rifle I had researched earlier in the week actually had a drop rate that was too low for what I needed, so I ended up having to find something else, which took a wee bit more research.

Yes, [personal profile] daimeryan_rei, I am terrible at cutting off the research bug. It's a known fault, though.

But like I said, I'm doing fairly okay. I'm not quite where I need to be to end the month on time, but I'm still making some progress.

And for what it's worth, I'll leave you with this: the counter for the month.

717 / 15000 words. 5% done!


Tuesday, 10 November 2015 11:30 pm
apollymi: Drawing of cross-looking chick, holding a teabag. Text reads "No tea No work" (Stock: No tea = no work)
Well, I feel like accomplished nothing today. Well, no writing at least. I guess technically I got of other stuff accomplished.

Let's see... We got the display changed on [personal profile] katsuko's phone so that now it properly displays colors. Yay! It took over four hours. Boo! I got a 50 minute long massage, finally following through on all of [personal profile] daimeryan_rei's suggestions, and felt absolutely freaking amazing afterwards. Yay! The guy pushed hard for another 15 minutes (and $20). Boo! I made the mistake of going into Sephora and walked away with entirely too much new make-up that I probably didn't need but really, really love. Yay! I spent way too much money on this. Boo! I went into Teavana and tried lots of new teas. Yay! I walked away spending too much money (again). Boo!

I think it's absolutely hilarious that, in a Sephora store where they sell Sephora brand makeup, two different employees both said that they much prefer to use Urban Decay because those cosmetics are better quality. I mean, yeah, they sell Urban Decay there too and it isn't that much more than the Sephora brand stuff, but it's still funny to me.

Also, I am having giggling fits about The Walking Dead casting Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the lineup. I mean, yeah, he's probably going to die horribly. But does this mean that I can now count TWD as part of Supernatural? Because I ♥ me some Papa Winchester.

And that's about it. Later, all.
apollymi: Duo and Heero back to back, text reads "Together" (GW**Duo/Heero: Together)
Wow, we're ten days into July already. That's... pretty bad, I guess, since I'm the one bringing my cabin down (again) this month. I try and write, but it's like my creative brain took a nap. And it keeps doing it too! That bit's rather annoying.

We went back to work today after Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday off. I only worked lunch shift, but [personal profile] katsuko had a double today. Lunch was... pretty damn pitiful, actually, but apparently dinner was quite nice. Of course, Friday nights usually are. Saturdays too, for that matter, depending on if there is anything going on in the area. Tomorrow is the Atlanta Street Food Festival, from noon to 10 p.m., so that will probably hit our business. I mean, yeah, the Fest is in Piedmont Park and the restaurant is in North Buckhead, but it'll probably still hit us a bit.

I feel bad. I keep trying to write, but words just don't want to cooperate. I'm brining the averages down for my cabin on the Camp site, and that really sucks. I started doing a cabin with just [personal profile] daimeryan_rei and [personal profile] katsuko to avoid having people bring the averages down.

Also, I guess I need to see about getting a new internal fan for Ripley soon. She's running awfully hot. I might have to move that further up my priority list than the new keyboard case for the iPad. Though I guess first I'll see if the internal fan app I just downloaded helps in any sort of way. Can hope, right?

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

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

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

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

And that's about it. Back to writing.
apollymi: Stitch banging his head against the wall, no text, animated (L&S**Stitch: Headwall)
On [personal profile] daimeryan_rei's suggestion, I made some changes to the premise of the novel I'm working on this time. It's not too huge, not until the last paragraph, but eh, here it is again.
The world ended in a whirlwind of ash and fire, dust and snow. That was the story that was always told. Those were the words that were always repeated: ‘ash and fire, dust and snow’.

That didn’t completely destroy life, though. It came close, but nearly twenty percent of the species managed to survive. The downside is that most of them… changed. Within a generation of the world ending, house pets became something from the storybooks. Creatures long extinct reappeared, climbing once more to near the top of the food chain.

And humans? Some of the ones that remained have developed talents. Others have mutated into creatures known only in fantasies, dreams, and nightmares.

This is the world that Rose lives in. She’s one of the lucky ones: the only ability she got made her a Viewer, someone who can see the past, the future, and anything else beyond human vision. Unluckily for her, her ability also makes her a target.
I don't know what we're doing at this point at Mirko. There will be change to my food runner position. If I keep hosting, then there will be changes to that position. I just don't know. I'm not even going to bother trying to voice suggestions, though, because I have issues making myself understood by Mirko himself and Sarah (as much as I love her) keeps yelling down anything I have to say. I just don't fucking know. I guess when I get home, I'll step up my whole application thing.

I'm tired. I'm just so damn tired of everything. I'm especially tired of having to argue everything. I wish I had never moved to Atlanta. I wish I had not put myself and Katsuko into this damn position. Pretty much, I hate me right now.

And yeah, that's about it for me for tonight. Later, my freaky darlings.

Oh my gods, today

Thursday, 9 October 2014 11:45 pm
apollymi: Sailor Moon, blue in the face, teary eyed, text reads "Epic whine" (BSSM**Usagi: Epic whine)
Today was a "fucking hell" kind of day. I got up and took Katsuko to work, then I came home and worked on the update for DMnet for a bit. It's... coming along, just very, very, very fucking slowly. I'm working my way through the index pages. Once those are done, I'll get the actual stories up. Once that's done, I'll start checking the links and all and making sure they all work... and then I'll transfer everything over from the test server to the live launch. The actual stories/content is actually going to be the slowest going part of all of this. I've been working on this off and on since August. Maybe if I had been more on than off, I would already be done, but honestly, between the three jobs and trying to have a day or so a week just to relax, working on websites has not exactly been my top priority. Once DMnet is done, though, then I'm going to throw my attention on Endless Loop. Katsuko and [personal profile] daimeryan_rei both gave me great edits for Color of Life, and I want to do right by their hard work.

Anyway, I worked for a bit, I tried to catch up on some of the sleep I've been missing, and then I went over to Mirko to work. Brandon was managing tonight and he always cuts me early, so I brought Ripley along to try to get some work done while I was waiting on Katsuko to do her side work. She got cut nearly half an hour before I did, though, so I didn't get a chance to do a lot. A huge fucking work rant )

And I'm not sure if that rant helped me any, but it might be good to have some of that off my chest.

I emailed the job in Gainesville, the one my sister-in-law got me an interview for last month. My contact there, Katrina, said that the job still hasn't been officially approved, so it hasn't been posted, so I can't actually apply to it just yet. She's hoping that it will be posted soon. She did mention to my sister-in-law that she and the other person I interviewed with were very impressed with me, for whatever that's worth.

Anyway, morning shift at CVS tomorrow followed by a food runner shift at Mirko, so I guess I had best try to get some sleep (even if I'm not particularly tired). Good night, all.

Whoops yet again

Wednesday, 18 June 2014 03:43 pm
apollymi: Ginji in taro/chibi mode with teary eyes (GB**Ginji: *wibble eyes*)
So yeah, Dumbass here forgot to do her entry until just now, when it's almost time for me to be leaving to go to work. And when I say "almost time", I do mean it: I have about ten or so minutes before I need to be out the door to be at work on time. Yeah, big whoops. But as it is, I'm getting this entry tied up... while Katsuko tries to wrestle my hair into a semblance of order.

No real writing has been accomplished. I'm a little ashamed of this. But I have been playing with the Yu-Gi-Oh fic that I've been haphazardly working on, and I have scribbled a wee bit here and there on the original that's bopping around my mind. I keep thinking I should share what's done on that one, but it's not that much so I'm not. And by "not that much", I mean less than 300 words. I'm working on it. It's just very slow going. Things will happen. Words will be written.

Also, [personal profile] daimeryan_rei found this over at Tumblr, and I reblogged it there, but I'm also reblogging it here, because it's fucking awesome: Kiara's Ultimate Guide to Writing. So... many... resources... *starry eyes*

And I'm pretty much out of time. Just enough time to run to the restroom once more (because the bathrooms at work are fucking gross and going to them once a night is more than enough for me) and hit the road. Later, folks.

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Thursday, 13 March 2014 09:52 pm
apollymi: Hatter with a cuppa, text reads "Tea?" (Alice**Hatter: Tea?)
I slept most of yesterday away. I probably would have slept the entire day away if I had had my druthers, but I did manage to get up and stay up through part of the evening, night, and early parts of today. I had a hard time getting to sleep, because my brain doesn't do well when friends of mine are having problems and I can't help. I actually put money onto my Skype account to be able to call overseas if I needed to, if that says anything. Thankfully, I didn't need to, and now I have money in my Skype account if the need ever arises.

I've been reading the Darkest London series by Kristen Callihan for the last few days. I had picked up the first book, Firelight, on a whim because I had enough Discover Rewards points to get a free book on Amazon. The 4th book in the series series had been recced by some of the steampunk communities I'm on. Honestly, there isn't a lot of steampunk to the series. Yes, it takes place in Victorian times and there are fantastic elements... but it's more fantasy than science fiction. There is the whole secret society thing going on, which does give vague steampunk leanings, but I wouldn't go so far as to call the series itself "steampunk".

Actually, saying it's fantasy romance is even a bit of a misnomer. It's a very paranormal series. The first book has a firestarter for a heroine and a man who is slowly turning into a demon as a hero. The second book, the hero is a lycan (not a werewolf, because werewolves are what lycans become when they lose control of the wolf and are no longer men) and the heroine has abilities that I will leave a secret, because it's a pretty big spoiler for the end of the book. The third book, the one I'm on now, there is a lot more on this Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals. There are demons, ice witches, shapeshifters, and body jumpers (my best explanations for the GIMs: Ghosts in the Machine).

The book series comes with a promotional quote from Diana Gabaldon on the front covers, which is sort of interesting to me. When I worked at the bookstore all those many years ago, Gabaldon was considered the grande dame of historical romance with her Outlander series. Callihan seems to be Gabaldon's protege, at least as far as I'm picking up here.

Like I said, I'm on Book 3, Winterblaze. I read Firelight in one sitting over the span of a few hours. Once I was almost done with it, I went ahead and ordered the rest of the series that is out right now: Moonglow, Winterblaze, and Shadowdance, the last of which was the one that was recced by the steampunk community and got me interested in the series in the first place. I got the books in the mail yesterday, and I finished Moonglow in my brief awake period yesterday. I'm about halfway through Winterblaze now. I will be taking it (if I don't finish it tonight) and Shadowdance with me to Katsuko's work tomorrow.

I also picked up the two e-book short stories in the series. The first, Ember, is pretty much the cut scenes from Firelight. The second, Entwined, takes place between books three and four, so I'm waiting to read it until I've finished Winterblaze. I will admit to the fact I'm looking forward to reading Book Four, the one originally recced, Shadowdance. The two main character, Mary Chase and Jack Talent, have appeared in previous books (Moonglow and Winterblaze for both of them), and I'm interested to hear their stories.

The author is pretty productive too. The first book, Firelight, came out in January 2012, the second in July 2012, the third in February 2013, the fourth in December 2013, and the fifth is due out in August 2014.

And that... was a babble. I needed to come up with some words, since I've been reading instead of writing, but I certainly didn't mean to wax all poetic over the subject. I suppose the long and short of it is that I'm happy having a new paranormal romance series to read since Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series jumped the shark. This one is pretty well self-contained, with established rules and boundaries that have so far been respected. We haven't hit upon a single overpowered character as far as I've gotten, and the characters themselves are interesting. There is even a background character, Billy Finger, who might upstage a lot of the scenes he's in, but Callihan doesn't let him hog the spotlight. She seems to have done her research on Victorian history, slang, and mannerisms, which is a huge plus in my book. She does use American English spelling for a series set in London, but it's not jarring.

All in all, if you like Victorian romance or paranormal romance, give the series a try. Let me know what you think.

Computers and games

Friday, 7 March 2014 09:06 pm
apollymi: Hatter with a cuppa, text reads "Tea?" (Alice**Hatter: Tea?)
I only wrote about 30 words so far today, all of it on the Familiars story... and that's fine by me. I did go to bed early yesterday, but it wasn't exactly a good night's sleep: I kept waking up every so often, much to the disappointment of the kittens who just wanted a still Mama to sleep on. I got up at about my normal time and did the normal morning routines. Katsuko got up slightly early, by around 9:30. Mostly, we piddled throughout the day.

I telephoned Georgia Perimeter College to find out where I need to go for the interview on Tuesday. They haven't been able to get in touch with my last reference, so I've been trying to track down one more FSU person to serve as a business reference. If none of the three people I emailed are available or are willing to do it, then I might have to see if [personal profile] roguegambit can do it. We sorta kinda worked together at Waldenbooks way back in the day.

Katsuko started working on reinstalling The Sims on her computer. I took that to be the perfect time to try to get Trunks (my external hard drive) back in working order... and I've been working on it since the middle of the afternoon. First, it took a couple of tries to get anything willing to read it. Then I tried to reformat it, only to get a weird error. I rebooted the computer, again from the install disc, and was able to format it. Now, though, I'm getting another weird error, so I don't even know what's going on. Seriously, I've been working on this (and repairing permissions on Ripley herself) for the better part of five hours. Most of it is the long time spent waiting for the formatting to go through.

I'm all signed up and stuff for Camp NaNoWriMo. I have a title (of sorts), a word count goal, a summary (of sorts), and a synapsis (of sorts). I've added people to my cabin: [personal profile] desolate03, user name=katsuko>, and Philia. I can't seem to add [personal profile] daimeryan_rei; it keeps saying that her account isn't active and validated. I'm not sure at all what that means. Camp NaNo is basically going to be my Big Damn Finishing Project. I need to finish Betrüger and Blood and Sacrifice. I need to work on Crooked Way, Dust to Dust, CSI: Toronto, and Street Angel. The first two are going to be my priorities, though, and they will be the main part of my 750 words from day to day, if not all of them (plus my ongoing journal entries). I think I'm nearly to Day 160, but I'm not 100% on that right now, since again, I can't really use Ripley for much of anything at the moment.

I think what I might do is this: once the most recent format finishes, whether Trunks is fixed or not, I'll log back in to Ripley, do my nighttime stuff, and then set a full 7-pass format to go while I'm sleeping. It'll probably take most of the night, if it's running anything like the rest of this.

Dragon's World continues to be cute like a cute thing, but oh my gods, there are some things about it that I Do Not Like. There are very long wait times on some items: some dragons may take 24 real time hours to mate, it can take 8 hours to clear a tree, upgrading buildings takes at least 4 hours... and again, all of this is real time. The prices on some items are just ridiculously high as well: a water dragon habitat is 40,000 gold coins, and then on top of that, it takes another 60,000 gold coins to get the water dragon... which then takes 6 hours to hatch. It costs 1000 coins and an hour to clear a small tree, 2500 coins and 2 hours to clear a large tree, and 25,000 coins and 6 hours to clear a massive tree. Dragon food is pretty reasonable, up to a point, but most of the rest of it just makes me want to facepalm.

Anyway, I'm going back to my expensive dragons for a bit now, at least until this formatting pass finishes on Trunks. If I get caught in another "this takes too long in real time" loop again, then I'll probably go back to writing. All I know is that Serenity is going to need some serious charging tonight in order for me to have her ready for tomorrow.

Also, still sick, still with the headache. Later, all.


Friday, 14 February 2014 10:13 pm
apollymi: Caliburn from Tales of the Supers, no text (My Writing: Caliburn)
So, today happened. I'm not sure what all to say for today. We got up, we did stuff, we came home, and we did less stuff.

I managed to keep us up until 3:30 this morning because I was working on formatting for Tales of the Supers. It turns out I shouldn't have bothered because Katsuko is making on more pass over it, and she's finding a lot of stuff that I missed on my two or so passes, [personal profile] daimeryan_rei missed on her pass, and Katsuko missed on her previous pass. When she's done with this one, then I'll start fighting with formatting all over again. I think I've finally found a workaround for how I can compile it to a PDF format but still have the cover show up at the beginning. Other than there, there are a few small things that I have to do formatting-wise to make it look the way I want, then I'll start the process of getting it up on Amazon and Smashwords. I would rather do it that way than through LuLu this time, since Lulu nearly broke the bank on me last time, with The Preterhumans.

Anyway, I got up at normal time, fed the cats, and laid back down until Katsuko was up for the day. I cruised YouTube a little bit, watched some Germany vs. USA (where the topic of the day was Mexican food), accidentally mentioned that to Katsuko... and then there was a burning need for her to have some huevos rancheros. I have learned well over the years: do not get between Katsuko and the possibility of her huevos rancheros. It ain't pretty.

After I got Mexican eggs into Katsuko, we went to Walmart for me to pick up curtains for my window and a slow cooker. From there, we swung by Katsuko's work for her to get her schedule for next week. It was then on to do the emissions test for my car, so that I can get a Dekalb County tag in the State of Georgia. Next it was to the Perimeter Mall, to do a quick stop by Lush and Teavana. We did a quick dinner at Loving Hut, did an equally fast run through Super H-Mart, and then came home to try to relax for the evening.

Katsuko is still going over Tales of the Supers for me. It's a pass that's less a full grammar check and more a "does x, y, or z take me out of the flow while reading" kind of check. She's finding stuff, as I said, that we all missed in several passes. It's also resulting in her gnawing the hell out of her pen, so I'm not sure where to go on that one.

So my car passed the emissions test with flying colors... or it passed and they don't actually give flying colors as a rating. So Monday, I guess, I'll go up to the Dresden Drive Dekalb County Tax Commissioner's office and start work on getting me a new Georgia tag for Shinigami. It's been a few years since he's had a Georgia tag, but I think it's a good thing. Yes, I will have to pay a pretty huge fee to get it transferred back to Georgia, but it's better than catching shit for continuing to have a Florida tag. Also, there is the not inconsiderable fact that some places are more likely to stop and ticket you if you have an out of state tag compared to an in state one. I would rather avoid that, having less than considerable funds most of the time, so... yeah. Georgia state tags are to be acquired sooner rather than later.

I'm still undecided if I'm going to try to get vanity plates or not. They're an additional fee yearly, but I would get to keep them on an ongoing basis. I'm not 100% certain if that applies if I change vehicles. I will have to inquire as to that. But I'm seriously giving it some thought. We'll see.

And that's about it. Later, folks.
apollymi: Caliburn from Tales of the Supers, no text (My Writing: Caliburn)
I was trying to avoid leaving myself this opportunity, to ramble on in a journaling fashion for at least 750 words. It seems to be unavoidable, though, since I didn't get any writing done last night or today. Well, I guess I should say I didn't get any writing done in a real fashion; I got some writing done while I was editing. Of course, I was also taking away words just as quickly, if not more so, during the process, so I'm not sure that that counts, you know?

But editing on Tales of the Supers is coming along nicely. I found out last night that the version I turned up had edits through Wonder's section almost completed. That's technically Chapter Two of the five chapter novella. Each chapter is about 10,000 words, so it's not like it's slacking, technically. The version I had lost had edits through the beginning of Chapter Four, which is Honey's section. That means that I lost half my work. On the other hand, it also means that I didn't lose all my work. I'll take the win there.

Since getting this version of the edits back, I've gone back over the changes I had already made. I've also progressed through the rest of Chapter Two, done all of Chapters Three and Four, and am now on the first part of Chapter Five. I've also edited Ellie Hicks.com to include a lot of this information.

The parts go like this: Caliburn, Wonder, Scarlett, Honey, The Ascended, and Epilogue. Looking at all the edits [personal profile] daimeryan_rei found for me, I can tell I wrote this as a NaNo project. There's a lot of repetition, and there's a lot of me saying in twenty words what could be said in ten. I'm trying to trim those down. Basically, I'm trying to help the novel lose its baby fat. It has a gracious plenty of it, sadly enough. Once I get through this set of edits, then I have an entire other one to look through, thanks to my also begging [personal profile] katsuko to look it over.

Once I've gone through all the editing, I've begged Katsuko (and I think she's agreed) to look it over one more time, see if it also flows well and looks right. If it does, then I'm going to start prepping it for publication. I might even get it up on CreateSpace by my birthday at this rate. Hopefully, that's not me jinxing myself, though. Of course, putting Tales of the Supers out by my birthday means that I need to push Color of Life back a bit too, but I don't know that anyone's as concerned about that as I am.

The downside of all this editing is that my shoulders and back are getting seriously stiff and sore. I feel like I've been beaten with a meat tenderizer. Actually, no. I feel like I would feel better if I had been beaten with a meat tenderizer. At least then the muscles might relax a bit. We trolled around the malls a bit today killing time, and I kept eyeballing the massage places. Every time I've ever stopped into one, I've felt better after the experience. However, every time I've ever been, they've upsold me at least 10 more minutes, which is at least another $10 to $15. Maybe once my tax return gets in and I have my car taken care of, then I'll see about doing a massage.

Nothing new from Georgia State. Frances did let me know that they located my application, which I think I've mentioned already. It takes a while for committees to go through applicants, and this is most assuredly going to be done by committee, since it's such a senior level position. What's killing me is that I know I will get at least one round of interviews, which is good. I have a cute dress I can wear for one round of interviews. I don't really have anything that's flattering for a second round of interviews. I'm in that in between stage of losing weight where nothing looks right on me. If it hides part of my stomach, it makes my ass look miles wide. If it flatters my ass, it's too tight at the stomach. I do have other dresses and skirts, but most of the skirts that currently fit me aren't terribly interview appropriate... and the others don't fit. Seriously, I need something melt the weight off me, so that I can at least fit into some of my slacks and such.

Still working out. Still need to be doing better eating. I can admit this easily enough. I'm cutting my portions way down with everything I eat, even if we're eating out, so maybe that's something. I'm trying to use the Bunme system for eating, eating until I'm 70% or 80% full, since I'm not fantastic at other actual diets. If I'm still hungry after I finish eating, I have some hot tea. That's been working well for me so far, and I think I'm managing to train my stomach for less and less food... but in small and hopefully sustainable doses.

But all that said, I'm having serious stomach issues at the moment for the last few months. A lot of is stress, I know this. I also know have IBS and gastroenteritis. My gastroenterologist was concerned that I was developing gluten sensitivities too. All I can say to that is that I do feel better when I eat as little gluten as possible, so there might be something to it. I think if I could cut gluten to a 10% or lower level and go back on Happy Herbivore, eating whole foods, I would get a lot of this weight off... and I would probably feel better with less stomach issues to boot. It's just getting the energy to cook every meal. That's what I'm lousy at.

Or maybe I should make a challenge to myself and Katsuko: we only eat out if we can eat at places that I can eat both vegan and mostly gluten-free at. Yes, that narrows our list way, way down... but not to impossible levels. It leaves Sushi Itto, Loving Hut, and Macaroni Grill... which are three options I know we both love. There are probably other places we can try too, but those are the three we tend to gravitate towards, so maybe we can limit ourselves to those three (and I can avoid what I'm optimistically calling "gastric distress"). So, hey, [personal profile] katsuko, challenge accepted?