May. 8th, 2017 03:12 pm

[sticky entry] Pinned: Greetings!

skye_writer: Cropped screencap of Maleficent from Disney's Sleeping Beauty (1959). (Default)
 Hello there, and welcome to my journal! Here's a little bit about me, before you get started:

Name: Skye
Age: 27
Location: Mid-Southern United States

General Interests: Writing, primarily. I also have an interest in reading (mostly YA and speculative fiction), good movies and television, knitting, baking, and I'm learning to spin and trying to teach myself how to play ukulele. The latter is not really going at the moment, but it's there.

Specific Interests: i.e., fandoms. I'm primarily into Doctor Who and TRON at the moment, and mostly TRON of those two. Other fandoms include the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Disney animation, Avatar: The Last Airbender/The Legend of Korra, Pushing Daisies, Steven Universe, and many more. You can check out my profile for some of my other specific fandoms, but that covers most of the major ones.

Favorites:
Movies: Beauty and the Beast (1991), My Neighbor Totoro, TRON: Legacy, Pacific Rim, The Dark Knight, Iron Man 3, The Grand Budapest Hotel, many, many others
TV: Pushing Daisies, Doctor Who (2005), Steven Universe, Avatar: The Last Airbender/The Legend of Korra, Community, Parks and Recreation, Agents of SHIELD
Books: EVERYTHING by Robin McKinley (particular faves are The Blue Sword, Dragonhaven, and Shadows); Protector of the Small Quartet, Tamora Pierce; The Old Kingdom series, Garth Nix; The Fault in Our Stars, John Green; The Shades of London series, Maureen Johnson; Discworld, Terry Pratchett (particular faves are Going Postal, Thud!, and Feet of Clay). Other authors: Naomi Novik, Neil Gaiman, JRR Tolkien, and others
Music: Genres include movie and television soundtracks, electronic and dance, some pop, some alternative. Bands: Daft Punk, The Glitch Mob, They Might Be Giants, Pomplamoose, Weird Al Yankovic. Composers: Thomas Newman, John Williams, Michael Giacchino, Alan Menken.

Other Stuff to Know About Me: I am living with MDD, dysthymia, and anxiety. I may post about these things, but not often. I mostly use this journal (at least at this point in time) to post about my life and my writing. As such, a lot of stuff is flocked. If you want to make friends, that's cool; just comment on this entry and I'll check you out!

I'm a big fan of interesting female characters, complex and unexpected plots, and happy endings. Not so cool with love triangles, plot retreads, and angst for angst's sake. That's just a few things.

in re: Doctor Who - Since it's a big dividing issue in the fandom, I like to let it be known up front that I love Steven Moffat's work on the show. I am also fairly fond of his other shows, namely Jekyll (very yes) and Sherlock (not too bad). I don't mind RTD's run on the show, but there are only a handful of episodes from his era that I unconditionally love; a lot of the rest induce too much secondhand embarrassment to be really enjoyable for me.

I think that about covers everything. Again, if you want to be friends/have access, just comment on this post, and I'll more than likely add you! :)
skye_writer: (rey of sunshine)
I had a good time seeing John and Hank Green on Tuesday. It was seriously amazing to see these two guys who have thus far just lived in my computer in real life. They were both funny (particularly during their advice podcast segment), and the whole thing was really great. I'm glad I got a chance to go, and I kind of hope I get to do it again in the future. :)

(I also found out Tamora Pierce, who is basically one of the founding authors of YA as a genre, particularly YA fantasy, is going to be in Nashville on November 3. I WANT TO GO SO BAD, BUT I DO NOT WANT TO GO ALONE. UGHHHHH.) 

Yesterday was also a pretty good day. I finished up an amigurumi jellyfish I started on Tuesday [link], and went to the movies with my brother to see The Princess Bride. And then also found out that both Spirited Away and Little Shop of Horrors are returning to theaters briefly around my birthday and UGH I ALSO WANT TO SEE THEM SO BAD. So that's also a thing. UGH.

But all in all the last couple of days have been pretty good. I'm glad. :)
skye_writer: Cropped screencap of a very unamused Megara, from Disney's Hercules (1997). (oh gods)
Okay, so.

Friday night my dad was flying in from California, and my mom and I had to pick him up in Nashville. His flight got in at 10pm, which was... not ideal, but probably more ideal than getting back at like 4pm in the middle of rush hour. My mom and I went down early, because she wanted to stop at Opry Mills (the giant mall there in Nashville) and get birthday gifts for my niece, who turns three next Tuesday. The only trouble was we kind of left too early--we got to Nashville at 4pm, which meant we had six hours to kill.

We managed to kill four of those hours in the mall, which got exhausting after a while. And then we went to the airport and I nearly had a panic attack because we couldn't figure out how to get into the terminal parking structure and drove around the airport campus FOUR TIMES before we figured out the way in. (Turns out we should have been following the "Short Term Parking" signs.) So that was fun--not.

But we got in, waited for dad for about 90 minutes, and then went home. We hit traffic on the way out because of an accident, and eventually got back home at 12:30am.

So needless to say I have spent the last couple days catching up from all that. I spent both yesterday and today knitting and crocheting everything but what I should have been, and playing a little too much Stardew Valley.

This is okay, I keep reminding myself. Sometimes we have to have lazy days. I am hoping to get back on the ball tomorrow and get things done, but... if I don't, that's okay, too. There is not a baseline of productivity I have to achieve in order to be a worthy human being. I am already worthy, and nothing I do or don't do can change that.

With any luck, I'll get things done this week. I'm not terribly counting on it, since I am returning to Nashville on Tuesday with my brother to see John and Hank Green on the Turtles All the Way Down tour, which is going to be h*ckin' fun. And then hopefully the stars will align and my brother and I will get to see The Princess Bride in theaters on Wednesday--fingers crossed.

But other than that... I am going to try to have a good week. I'll do as much as I can, and not worry myself about the rest.
skye_writer: Anna Friel as Chuck from Pusing Daisies, looking down and smiling. (happy chuck)
Didn't really do a whole lot today, and that's okay. I got a decent amount of stuff done, and that's good.

Things done: I read a chapter of a book. I knit an afghan piece. I worked on my side projects (knit cowl, crochet scarf). I ordered and picked up pizza for dinner. I played Stardew Valley. I talked with my brother on the phone for a little bit. I did some chores around the house. I did my daily words at 750Words.com. I went with my mom to pick up my car from the auto shop. 

It's getting late and I"m getting tired, so I won't really go into anything right now. Hope you're all well. :)
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Oct. 11th, 2017 07:51 pm

Whoops.

skye_writer: (peridot star eyes)
Totally forgot to post an entry yesterday. In my defense, I was kind of exhausted. Also: nobody's perfect.

I've been doing all right the last couple of days. Been playing Stardew Valley a lot, which has been fun. I figured out how to mod it yesterday, so I've got some mods installed, including one that changes the look of the buildings and varies them by season. So that's fun. Looking at more mods and trying to figure out what I want to add at the moment.

I haven't written anything really since Monday. Which is NOT bad. It's fine. One of the things we talked about in therapy this morning was the fact that I need to stop setting such sky-high expectations for myself. It kind of fueled my depression last week, and has probably been affecting it for a long time. The bullet journal is kind of a help and a hindrance in this regard. But hopefully with some work I can get my brain to stop treating me like crap when I don't do All The Things.

I baked apple crisp today. This mostly came about because Mom and I tried the new apple crisp they have at Arby's, which honestly doesn't deserve the name. It's basically coffee cake with apples and caramel and whipped cream on top. Like. It's literally a cake. When everyone knows that apple crisp's primary ingredient is apples, with some kind of crispy crust (usually involving oats) on top. Duh. So I was kind of upset about that and feeling ripped off of my fair share of apples, and oh hey, we had plenty of apples at home, so... apple crisp! It was very tasty, and I can't wait to eat more of it. :D

Anyway.

I am hoping to get better about what I expect of myself in the coming days. I will keep you all posted about that, of course, and hopefully along the way I'll get some new things done and worked out and such. One can only hope. :) 
skye_writer: Cropped screencap of a very unamused Megara, from Disney's Hercules (1997). (oh gods)
I said I'd post every day, so here I am.

Today was kind of okay. I crocheted on the scarf. I made half an afghan piece. I played a LOT of Stardew Valley. I went to the library and typed up what I've got on my short story, AND WROTE MORE WORDS. :D So I'm quite happy about that. Just checked my wordcount, and it's at 1500 words so far, which isn't half bad.

I didn't do everything I wanted, and that is okay. I need to figure out how to be okay with what I don't get done.

Anyway.

I'm having a great deal of fun in Stardew Valley, as usual. It's such a nice, relaxing game. I picked the forest farm map and I love it, even if there isn't a lot of room for farming right now. I'll have to get on the farm planner site and see what all I've got to work with as far as space goes. There may be a lot of tree clearing in my future. (And rock clearing, and weeding, and etc.) I also won the first year Egg Festival and got the straw hat! I'm not sure it looks that great on my character, but she's wearing it for now. It's a cute little game, and I'm enjoying getting back into it.
skye_writer: Cropped cap of Mako Mori from Pacific Rim. (wistful mako)
I actually had a somewhat good day today.

I got up at a non-ridiculous hour. I made beignets (my parents bought me a mix when they went to New Orleans earlier this year). The beignets were actually not terrible and puffed up more than they did the last time I made them. I crocheted a bunch on my little crochet scarf, mostly because I wanted to get to the next color change in the yarn (I have fallen hard for Lion Brand's Mandala yarn cakes). I went with my parents to Nashville because my dad had to catch a flight. I knit on the way there and crocheted on the way back.

I wrote my 750 Words. I made an afghan piece. I... tried to write. But failed. I probably wasn't trying hard enough. (That is the only bad thing about today.) I did my chores and helped out Mom with some stuff. I washed my jeans and my shorts. I started a new save file on Stardew Valley, just because.

I am by and large feeling contented and nice. So that's nice. 

I think not making a to-do list a mile long helped. I didn't get overwhelmed with what to do. I just picked a few things and did them. I might do some more before I go to bed. I need to read some books in the next ten days. So I could do that. Or I could watch some Doctor Who for the reviews on my Wordpress blog. Or I might just play Pokemon or Stardew or something else.

Who knows. 
skye_writer: Cropped screencap from Pacific Rim featuring Mako and Raleigh silhouetted against Gispy Danger. (pacific rim)
 PACIFIC RIM  UPRISING TRAILER IS HERE AND I AM FUCKING HERE FOR IT


NEEDLESS TO SAY: I AM EXCITE

skye_writer: (rey of sunshine)
I'm not sure it's working. 

I got up nice and early, ate a not-so-great breakfast, and took a shower. Then I wrote my daily 750 Words about... basically nothing. I settled in and did pomodoros for a couple hours, just knitting stuff. And then I said, Oh I will take a slightly longer break for lunch, that's perfect acceptable, right?Of course it's acceptable.

And then the break got longer and longer, and then I went out to pick up some things at the store and (good thing!) went walking on the trail at the park. I caught a few Pokemon on Pkmn GO. (The Slowpokes were EVERYWHERE today for some reason.) Then I came home and was extraordinarily tired, so... a closed-eyes rest/not-quite-nap ensued. And then it was dinner time, and then my parents needed to go to the store for something, and I don't turn down opportunities to leave the house, so....

I haven't gotten a lot done today. I made a couple afghan pieces. I walked at the park. That's about it. And I'm honestly so tired right now I'd rather go to bed than do something productive, like reading one of the like 10 books (digital and physical) I've got out from the library. -___-

So I'm trying to have a good day. I'm just not sure if it's working or not.
skye_writer: Anna Friel as Chuck from Pusing Daisies, looking down and smiling. (happy chuck)
Since a couple people were asking in comments, tonight's entry will be about the short story I'm working on, which is, for the moment, titled "The Death and Life of Caroline Carver."

The germ of the story idea sprouted when I was exposed to the television show Pushing Daisies and one of its inspirations, the French film Amelie, very close to each other. I became enamored of their use of narrators and the precise narrative style they both possessed. I decided I wanted to write a story using a similar style of narrative, and perhaps a similar element of magical realism and heightened reality. I was in my early years at college at the time, and I wrote a 2k story about a young woman who is hit by a car and dies, but gets to decide in something like purgatory whether or not she wants to go on living.

That's pretty much how's it's been for the last several years. I actually submitted the story to a contest in university and made it to the finalists, which was cool. But I haven't done much with the story since.

I was trying to write a new story and failing when I hit upon Caroline's story again. I decided a rewrite was in order, not least because I had written a new version of the second pivotal scene (the one in purgatory) and wanted to incorporate it. I decided to expand the narrative to include a couple of characters instrumental in Caroline's death as well. It's going all right so far, though my motivation seems to be in the toilet these days.

If I can get off my butt and work on it, I will hopefully have a finished draft by the end of the month. I will try to share snippets with you via writing reports when I can.

Anyway, that's all from me tonight. I'm tired and I've got a headache, so I'm probably off to bed.
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skye_writer: (bang)
So it's been a while? Whoops?

I am doing better since my cat died. Haven't had the most productive weeks since, but I'm trying to work on that. I've started using the Pomodoro Technique to get things done, and it's mostly going pretty well. I can't seem to get myself to do more than six sessions a day, though, which is annoying. I need to get better about working and getting things done.

Things that have happened: I've actually started drafting that short story I've been talking up so much (to myself, mostly). I don't have more than 500 words, I don't think, but it's still something, and it's a start. I've tried to plan out what I want to do for the rest of the year, writing-wise. I think I'm going to do NaNoWriMo, but possibly with a lower goal? I want to use it to finish my TRON fanfic, The Outpost. I haven't touched it really since the middle of the summer, it feels like. The last chapter of Part 2 needs to be rewritten, and the rest of it needs to be planned and plotted in more detail. And also written. So that's all a thing.

As far as October goals go: I want to write an entry here every day, even if it's just a writing update. I want to read all these bloody books I've checked out from the library. I want to do a lot of things. I can only hope I will get them all done in time. Lordy. I don't know what I'm doing honestly. I really need a job, because I'm going to run out of money soon, especially with Christmas coming. But the whole idea of job hunting just makes me turn into a ball of anxiety, so it's like... great? Ugh.

Anyway. I don't know. Sometimes I just feel so stupid about everything. 

Gonna shut up now. Okay.
skye_writer: Cropped cap of Tron in the film TRON: Legacy. (legacy tron)
Title: The Outpost
Author: [personal profile] skye_writer
Rating: T
Characters/Pairings: Tron, Original Characters, Sam Flynn, Ed Dillinger, Jr.
Summary: No one knew where the virus came from. By the time they noticed it, it was too late. The Grid's factions put their differences aside and built a haven in the Outlands--the Outpost. Time passes; the Grid's programs survive. Then the Portal opens again, bringing Users back to the Grid, and what happens next may change their world forever.
Warnings: No warnings for this chapter.
Author's Note: This marks the end of Part One of this fic. Given that I need time to edit and polish Part Two and that the fic itself is at this time incomplete, Part Two will begin posting either in December 2017 or January 2018. I know this is a terribly long time between updates, but better, I think, to wait only months rather than waiting years.

Read more... )
skye_writer: Cropped cap of Clu from TRON: Legacy on a lightcycle, disc out. (lightcycle clu)
Title: The Outpost
Author: [personal profile] skye_writer
Rating: T
Characters/Pairings: Tron, Original Characters
Summary: No one knew where the virus came from. By the time they noticed it, it was too late. The Grid's factions put their differences aside and built a haven in the Outlands--the Outpost. Time passes; the Grid's programs survive. Then the Portal opens again, bringing Users back to the Grid, and what happens next may change their world forever.
Warnings: Death of minor unnamed character.

Read more... )
skye_writer: Cropped cap of Clu from TRON: Legacy on a lightcycle, disc out. (lightcycle clu)
Title: The Outpost
Author:
Rating: T
Characters/Pairings: Tron, Original Characters
Summary: No one knew where the virus came from. By the time they noticed it, it was too late. The Grid's factions put their differences aside and built a haven in the Outlands--the Outpost. Time passes; the Grid's programs survive. Then the Portal opens again, bringing Users back to the Grid, and what happens next may change their world forever.
Warnings: No warnings for this chapter.

Read more... )
skye_writer: (rey of sunshine)
So, I have a Wordpress blog. Today I wrote a little blog post about Guillermo del Toro's new film and about my inability to fathom the motivations and thought processes of people who insist that things that are tangentially related are in fact deeply connected and related to each other. You can read it here.

I posted a link on my twitter, as you do. I tagged del Toro in it, since it saved characters and anyway famous people never notice when I tag them--

AND THEN HE RETWEETED IT.

WHAT.

I kind of freaked out? a little bit? And naturally my twitter notifications were blowing up all afternoon (less so this evening). And according to my WP dash, the post has gotten over FIVE HUNDRED VIEWS. I mean... what???? IS THIS REAL LIFE?????

I'm a little giddy over it to be honest. I haven't gotten like a new following or anything out of it, but it is kind of warming the cockles of my heart to think that someone I admire deeply as a storyteller might have read something I wrote, and liked it enough to share it.
skye_writer: Cropped cap of Tron in the film TRON: Legacy. (legacy tron)
Title: The Outpost
Author [personal profile] skye_writer
Rating: T
Characters/Pairings: Tron, Sam Flynn, Quorra, Ed Dillinger, Jr.
Summary: No one knew where the virus came from. By the time they noticed it, it was too late. The Grid's factions put their differences aside and built a haven in the Outlands--the Outpost. Time passes; the Grid's programs survive. Then the Portal opens again, bringing Users back to the Grid, and what happens next may change their world forever.
Warnings: No warnings for this chapter.

Read more... )
skye_writer: Cropped cap of Tron in the film TRON: Legacy. (legacy tron)
Title: The Outpost
Author: [personal profile] skye_writer
Rating: T
Characters/Pairings: Original characters, Tron, Sam Flynn, Quorra, Ed Dillinger, Jr.
Wordcount: 1800 words approx.
Summary: No one knew where the virus came from. By the time they noticed it, it was too late. The Grid's factions put their differences aside and built a haven in the Outlands--the Outpost. Time passes; the Grid's programs survive. Then the Portal opens again, bringing Users back to the Grid, and what happens next may change their world forever.
Warnings: No warnings for this chapter.
Read more... )
skye_writer: Anna Friel as Chuck from Pusing Daisies, looking down and smiling. (happy chuck)
Or at least a little happiness.

I've given myself permission not to write for the next few days. I think I've been putting too much pressure on myself (esp. after the rather fantastic month I had in May, writing-wise), so a break should do me a little good. In the meantime, I'm brainstorming what to do for my TRONfest bingo card, since I feel like as admin I should at least post something.

I borrowed the second season of Community from the library the other day. It's due back tomorrow, so I sat down and watched the first two discs today. I forgot how much fun that show is. S2 also has the amazing "you CHLOROFORMED the JANITOR?!?!?!" scene and I was basically in stitches the whole time. What perfect comedy. XD

I knit a full pattern repeat on the baby blanket today. I measured it, too; I've reached 18 inches! Only six more to go, which seems pretty doable by the end of the month. :)

I also made some icons:


I'm pretty happy with how they turned out. I found a tutorial for using feathering to blend the edges between two caps, and used that on the last two. I will probably be using that a bit more in the future.

Not sure what I'm going to do with the rest of my evening. Maybe watch some Steven Universe or something. Or a movie. I'm feeling like popcorn right now, after all.
skye_writer: Cropped screencap of Maleficent from Disney's Sleeping Beauty (1959). (Default)
Title: The Outpost
Author: [personal profile] skye_writer
Rating: T
Characters/Pairings: Original characters, Tron, Sam Flynn, Quorra, Ed Dillinger, Jr.
Wordcount: 3500 words approx.
Summary: No one knew where the virus came from. By the time they noticed it, it was too late. The Grid's factions put their differences aside and built a haven in the Outlands--the Outpost. Time passes; the Grid's programs survive. Then the Portal opens again, bringing Users back to the Grid, and what happens next may change their world forever.
Warnings: Minor character death.

Read more... )
skye_writer: Cropped screencap of Maleficent from Disney's Sleeping Beauty (1959). (Default)
I've got several things on my plate at the moment, so I thought I'd consolidate them into one post for my reference and yours.

Personal Projects:
The Outpost - TRON fic. Currently posting on this journal and AO3. Wordcount: 45k and counting.

Current Claims:

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skye_writer: Opal from Steven Universe on a blue purple bg with four purple hearts. (su opal)
So I just watched the four episode Wanted special for Steven Universe, and....  AAAaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaa??????
spoilers! )

I JUST HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH THEM.

ALSO: NEW EPISODES WHEN?? SOON PLEASE.

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