Sep. 23rd, 2017 07:58 pm

Books & London Fog

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Yesterday Google's fall equinox doodle warmed me to the bottom of my Beatrix-Potter-loving, Brambly-Hedge-obsessed heart. Too bad the weather around here hasn't changed since August. It is supposed to cool down a little some time next week (or is it the week after next week?), though, so there's that. 

Today I also headed over to the library for the first time since classes started. Checked out The Likeness by Tana French and Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati; realistically I might not have the time to finish either of them but I'd like to at least give The Likeness my best shot. It's one of the two Dublin Murder Squad books that I haven't read yet, and the one with the strangest (in the best way) plot. Plus, I've been dying for some non-assigned reading since Monday. Fourth week of the semester is when things start to get seriously stressful--I did sneak some writing in, anyway, but I've fallen totally off the wagon when it comes to reading.

Speaking of writing, I'm going to do my level best to finish the latest Pete fic this weekend. I've got...maybe four or so pages to go? Not completely sure, but I'm down to the final stretch and everyone's been so sweet and patient and I just need to get this thing done. And then move on to the story. Even if I don't finish it, I'd like to at least get the bulk of the last major scene done so I'll only have a few loose ends to tie up come Monday. 

The only other even slightly interesting thing I did this week was baking London Fog shortbread. I used this recipe and bypassed a couple steps (didn't bother chilling the cookies once I'd cut them out) but they turned out very good. I'm not a huge fan of Earl Gray on its own, but I love it in shortbread. So I spent Friday evening baking shortbread, then eating shortbread in front of Call the Midwife with my sister. Not a bad way to start the weekend. 

And, last but not least, we finally have a trailer for The Punisher! I'm trying to stay a little skeptical, just so I won't build it up to some impossible ideal, especially when it comes to Frank and Karen...but I'm so, so excited. I hope this ends up being good. I really do. 
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playing Dragon Age: Origins. Duncan was a babe, but I've moved on to Alistair because he plays with my dog. in googling which gifts go to who I discovered what kind of fucked-up endings can happen with him if you're not playing a Human Noble, so I'm just chilling and figuring out where to go from here.


[insert rant about old white dude coming out to the land and feeling entitled to tell me what I can and cannot do with my life here]

said old white dude stomped off like a prissy little bitch when I told him to change his tone while he was talking to my mother, that she does not deserve being berated by him, so whatever you fucker, get off my land.

still have to jump through old white dude's hoops though because my mother forgot to send in the money for the land, and now we're on the verge of being foreclosed on. AGAIN. lolololol I want to die.


not getting writing done because of aforementioned hoops and also because I have to do a lot of shit outside in the small spurts of shade we get during the day. I've had a migraine nonstop since I posted the last fic, tbh, and that hasn't helped much. the only reason I'm playing DA:O is because the camera control via keyboard slows the swing down enough that it doesn't exacerbate things. which is good? but also doesn't help with productivity.

just took a benadryl for the itching/sneezing/post-nasal, so I should pass out in a couple hours. it is now raining for the first time in two weeks, whoopie. guess I'll go see about killing the zombie horde or whatever is pouring out of that castle, blah.


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dolewhip: (Pokemon: Moon and Drampa)
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 Adorable fanart has inspired me! The artist has requested no reposting of their work, so just check out the source link here for an insanely cute drawing of Hau and Gladion on a Disney vacation.

I always love the idea of real world AUs where characters visit Disney parks, so this is just too tempting to use as fic inspiration!

EDIT: Fixed the link!
Sep. 22nd, 2017 06:57 pm

Getting into gear!

dolewhip: (Steven Universe: Rose Quartz)
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Going to start my entry with the question, this time, rather than end with it:

What is your favorite (fiction) book? Or even your top three? 

I'll admit, I have something to gain from this: I'm looking for more to read, and I'd love recommendations! It does go beyond that, though. I'm very curious to see what books appeal to which people I've talked to on this site. I like looking for patterns in these things.

That said... My rekindled interest in reading has been further fueled by today's email from NaNoWriMo. November is just over a month away, and despite my previous acknowledgment that I am unlikely to ever finish a full-length, involved work - particularly fanfic - I'm giving it a go, as usual. I've yet to win NaNo - this will be my sixth year participating, but only my third or fourth really going for it - but still enjoy the experience every time. The community is great, although given that I usually get far more involved with my local NaNo community than the official site's, and my region is currently without an ML, I'm not sure how much that'll be a factor this year.

Anyway, I'm hoping to win this year, but expecting it less than ever: My fiancee will be visiting from the 19th of November to the 1st of December this year. (My first Thanksgiving with her; very exciting!) I also don't know what I'll be writing. Probably fic, sure, but what fandom? I'm not sure. Pokemon is probably the safest bet, because I always go back to Pokemon and there's so much source material to work with. Of course, there's always my beloved Disney. Who knows what movie will catch my interest in November? And Steven Universe has a powerful pull; I'd love to write for it.

I might pull a NaNo Rebel this year, too... Either by writing multiple (though probably connected) pieces, or by continuing a fic or series I've already started. Or even both, maybe - I could continue the Incidents at Temple University series, or turn my current Pokemon WIP into a series of short fics.
Sep. 18th, 2017 08:45 am

Also!

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I'm offering Podfic as part of [community profile] harvey_fanaid. Details are here; please considering donating if you have the ability.
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Photos of my Blue Pearl doll beneath the cut!
Sep. 17th, 2017 11:04 am

[community profile] trickortreatex dear creator letter

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Dear Creator,

Happy spooky Halloween season... Says the girl who signed up for all treats. Not so spooky, me.

Anyway, thank you very much for whatever you'll be creating for me! I love these kind of exchanges and can't wait for this one to get underway.

Like I always do, I'll start off with some general DNWs, and then I'll get into fandom-specific likes and dislikes. As always, everything but the DNWs are just suggestions!

DNWs:
  • Sad endings
  • Explicit sexual content
  • Non-Con/Dub-Con
  • Incest
  • Genderbends
  • Body Horror
  • Gore of any kind
  • Crackfic
  • Character Bashing
  • Non-Canon Character Death
  • Drug Use (unless canon)
Read more... )
Thank you so much,
[archiveofourown.org profile] Jingle 

Sep. 16th, 2017 08:53 pm

I Can Haz Internet?

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Yes, it turns out. Yes I can.

Finally, after over a month of arguing with our former provider (and waiting for our new provider to send out an engineer), we have internet! Huzzah!

It's been a long and boring month and a half - no TV, no Netflix or Prime, no reddit to while away the hours, and certainly no AO3.

Well, perhaps boring is a little unfair. I have spent that time working my way through all the unread books languishing on my new shelves (Ikea's finest - well, second crappest - the move was an entirely too expensive affair). Some were excellent, some meh, and one really rather dire. But you live and learn. Or read and learn, as the case may be.

Currently, I'm reading my way through the the Doctor Who New Adventures series. Or the ones I can get my grubby little mitts on, at any rate - which turns out to be Love and War, No Future, Set Piece, Human Nature, and Damaged Goods. Just finished Love and War (which was fantastic. Ugly, but fantastic), and No Future (angst and double crossing central!).

The Seventh Doctor is rapidly becoming my favourite (a position previously held by the Fourth), manipulative git that he is. I'm also finding the more I read stories featuring Bernice, the more I'm warming to her as a character. Though I highly doubt she will replace Ace as my favourite companion for Seven, I'm certainly enjoying her adventures through time and space.

As of this evening, I'm about half way through Human Nature, which I am enjoying immensely. Having seen the New Who adaptation with Ten (Human Nature/Family of Blood) and thoroughly enjoyed it at the time, I was a little dubious at first. But oh my, it works so much better as a Seventh Doctor story. I'm really enjoying the way it picks apart what the Doctor is and what he very much isn't (but what else was it going to do, being written by Paul Cornell? Picking apart characters and pushing them to their extremes seems to be his raison d'etre). And John Smith in a Seventh Doctor mould is so unbearably sweet I almost can't stand it. Almost.

Am very much looking forward to seeing how it ends. Though I suspect it's going to break my heart, just like Love and War.

We shall see.
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Sep. 15th, 2017 03:27 pm

Hogwarts houses revisited

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I can’t seem to pass up a sorting quiz when I come across one online, and this one turned out to be fairly interesting. At first, I rushed through it and came up Hufflepuff - for the first time EVER. I thought, Oh, that’s interesting, because strangely, I’m one of those weird people who always comes up Gryffindor on every sorting quiz. So, I gave it another shot and paid closer attention to the questions this time, realizing that some of them were being asked in present tense form, and some were worded to include past tense. Also, the first time I took it, I was thinking more in terms of actions, and not taking into account how my instincts, lifestyle, professional decisions, etc. applied to those questions. I then came up as Gryffindor - same as previous sortings from other sources. (I suspect only the first test counted for their research though, as the second time I took it, it didn't prompt demographics.)

amusing stats, quiz link, and more below... )
Sep. 14th, 2017 11:51 am

last night

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I couldn’t go to the 2pm showing of Wrath of Khan because of an appointment, and although I knew there was a second showing at 7 I was like eh, I’ll stay home. It’s not like I haven’t seen it before.

And then around 6:30 I was like what the fuck am I doing this is my chance to see it ON THE BIG SCREEN.

So I walked – at some points ran, with my TNG comm badge thumping against my chest – to the theater to catch the last showing.

Worth it. Totally worth it.

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Sep. 14th, 2017 02:54 am

Goals

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I... May have gotten a job yesterday? The interview at the coffee place was seriously just 'what are your availability hours and can you get here reliably?'. It would be awesome to be working outside the house again, but I'm also kind of nervous about getting along with my co-worker. Just an anxiety thing, though.

I've been looking into healthy eating, (again... Finally!), and I'm trying to plan out a nutritious shopping list. I'm also looking to get back into a good exercise routine as it cools down a bit, weather-wise. Mostly walking and Tai Chi (the latter via youtube instructional videos) for a start; might get back to the gym and work on some of the weight-lifting kind of machines eventually.

And then there's writing. I haven't written much yet this month, although I'm working on a piece of Pokemon fic that centers around original characters. I really love the characters I've come up with, too, so it might be a step towards original fiction featuring these guys. I personally never have valued original fiction over fanfiction, but let's face it, only one of these things will make me money. :P

Of course, reading is a huge part of being able to write well, at least for me. My reading goals aren't particularly lofty right now, though. >-> I bought one of the Descendants: School of Secrets books because it's about Lonnie, Jay, and Jordan - three of my faves! - and that's aimed at a pre-teen to early teen audience. I just hope it will be a good step into reading more substantial things? And also that it'll be a fun read!

I'm taking a two-session writing class with my local adult education program, too, and looking forward to that a lot.

...You know, half the times I write an entry in here, I think of the film version of The Princess Dairies: "And then I realized how many stupid times a day I use the word 'I'."

Sure, it's different when you're writing a journal entry, even one to share online. It's very different. Still, it got me thinking about including questions in these entries. Conversation starters. It's always fun to hear about others' lives.

So, what goals are you all working on lately? Have you read anything good, or created anything you're particularly proud of?

Sep. 13th, 2017 11:17 am

Miscellaneous

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I've gotten into the habit of checking for new episode airdates of Steven Universe at least twice a week... Siiiiigh. Now I know how those who've watched the show from the start have felt with all these hiatuses. Ah, well. They have to come eventually... I hope.

My brother sent my an Etsy gift certificate for my birthday, and an absolutely stunning Blue Pearl doll is coming my way soon! The doll is customized from a Monster High model, and I'll definitely link to the inevitable instagram pictures.

My birthday was really nice, too! I went with some family to one of those Japanese restaurants where you keep ordering sushi by checking off a piece of paper, and you just pay a flat price? It was delicious.

On an actual serious note, if anyone is in a hurricane-affected area, or knows someone who is, please know that you are in my thoughts.
Sep. 12th, 2017 10:20 pm

Writerly Things

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(Quick note before I start blabbing about myself: through the semester I'll try to keep up with everybody else's entries and comment as much as I can, but it's likely going to get spotty, especially around midterms and finals.)

Almost halfway through another week. I've had to shelve the beginning of another potential fic project because I just don't have the time to launch into many more big, involved stories. This one was going to be a sort of romcommy no-powers AU for The Defenders, specifically focused on Matt and Jess and the whole couple-must-move-in-together-to-raise-a-baby trope, which is the best romcom trope in the history of romcoms. Needless to say, I'm sad to see it go, but I also wasn't as invested in this AU as I am in others. For now it seemed like the best decision. I'm already missing summer and the gobs of free time I had. I don't hate writing for a grade, but it's not the same.

Okay, enough whining. Here's what's going on with the two AUs I am still working on, in case anyone's interested:

girl!Peter )

Witchcraft AU )

Bonus!

Something Original )
Sep. 12th, 2017 07:00 am

(no subject)

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There was a problem with my 3DS so I ordered a new one, but in the meantime I can't play any games and I've got a really strong Fire Emblem craving. ): Oh well.

Sep. 11th, 2017 01:23 pm

ups

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I am a notoriously impatient person, so waiting for this package is really aggravating me. It would help if they gave me an actual time estimate instead of just saying it will be delivered "by the end of the day".

Please, my crops are dying.
Sep. 11th, 2017 08:22 am

foundation

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I'm out of foundation and thinking about trying a different brand. I've been using Urban Decay, and it looks great, but I find I get oily and kind of sticky after a while. Maybe I'll try a matte foundation.
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Sep. 10th, 2017 06:42 pm

TNG novels

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 Back when I first saw Star Trek: Nemesis, I was pretty disturbed by the resolution of Data's death. He transfers his memories into B-4, and then the ending hints that his memories might take over B-4's mind, and then Data will be back. The problem with that is that while B-4 is not as smart as Data, he's still a person. Treating B-4 as less important than Data because he's less smart has some troubling implications for how the writers feel about real life people who have mental disabilities. Having B-4 die just so someone smarter can come back to life? It has a bad subtext.

 But recently I learned that the TNG novels solved this problem by having Data come back without sacrificing B-4, so that they both get to live! So Right now I'm reading the novel where Data comes back, The Persistence of Memory by David Mack. There's some stuff I don't get because I haven't read any other TNG novels (besides Imzadi), but it's mostly understandable, and I've found it pretty enjoyable so far. Near the beginning of the book there's a thrilling chase sequence that really had me eagerly turning pages!

 I'm in the middle of re-watching DS9, but I might have to watch some of my favorite Data episodes from TNG. Back in the day I went through a huge Data phase, but over the years my focus shifted to other characters, like Jadzia Dax. Maybe it's time to revisit my favorite android!

OH, and also, I've decided I absolutely must attend Star Trek Las Vegas next year. I've never been in all my years of being a Trekkie ... I gotta make it this time!

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