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Aug. 17th, 2017 10:53 pm
apollymi: Ninth Doctor, text reads "Oh, look who just graduated from idiot school" (DW**9th Doctor: Idiot school)
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Okay, I guess I need to write a little something. I'm not sure what, if anything, I have to say, but words do still need to happen.

Something about Tuesdays and Thursdays brings out the crazies to the testing center. I get the ones who want to argue about each and every little thing (mostly GACE testers, which OMG, they're teachers, why are they always late and rude). I get the ones who are "running late (also, mostly GACE, but sometimes STEP testers). I get the ones who pick their toenails under the desk. I get the ones who heave heavy sighs when I make them take their feet out of the chairs. I get so many rolled eyes that it's freaking ridiculous. I want to tell them that their eyes are gonna roll out at the rate they're going.

Mondays aren't usually too bad. Maybe it's because everyone's having a bad day, and we can all kind of laugh it off with one another as a bad case of the Mondays. Fridays aren't usually too bad, because sometimes we can leave a little early, and usually everyone's just counting down for the weekend, us and the testers alike. And Wednesdays are usually pretty calm. Except yesterday. Yesterday, I met Isla Fisher. That cancelled out any calmness I might have had. I played it cool and didn't say a word about knowing who she was. She was pretty freaking awesome, though, and a much better mum than most of the ones we get in for the (unfortunately named) SCAT test.

Tomorrow is a long day. I have to be at work between 7:30 and 7:45, so that I can leave when the MCAT students are done testing. I'm seriously looking forward to that. I'm ready for an early day. Maybe not the arriving early part of the day, but the leaving early is appealing. But then it's just a trip over to Mirko to get the car then Panera to wait for [personal profile] katsuko to get off from the restaurant. Normally, I would pack up my laptop to take with me for Long Day, but I think I'm just going to stick with the iPad tomorrow.

Saturday, we're going to try to go to the tour at Oakland Cemetery. Saturday's topic is Oakland and the Civil War, which seems topically important right now. I want to find out about parking and all before we go with Mist in September.

Also, the AC is now supposedly fixed. I'm enjoying having airflow without hearing water dripping.

And that's it. It's time to go to bed, since tomorrow is an early day. Later, all!

So hot

Aug. 16th, 2017 10:51 pm
apollymi: Split icon, 1st close-up of Ripley's smug face, 2nd close-up of Hicks' grinning face, text reads "Where do you want it" (Aliens**Hicks/Ripley: Where do you want)
[personal profile] apollymi
So, we have a leaking air conditioning unit in our apartment. It's been leaking for a couple of days. Maintenance came today and shop-vacced it out and replaced the filter. Apparently, he said that it would fix the issue.

Well, it's still leaking water like crazy. We can't really cut the air on any higher than it is right now (78°F/25.6°C) or it starts leaking like crazy. So we have every fan in the house going, and all it's doing is blowing around the hot air. I feel like I'm suffocating. Big time not fun. We slept like this last night, but I was so hoping for a pleasant temperature tonight. (We usually leave the house about 74°F/23.3°C during the evening... but not right now.)

So, yeah, I'm going to see if I can't figure out a configuration for the fans to be in to keep us at least semi-cool.

Good night, all.

Okay, I yield

Aug. 15th, 2017 09:48 am
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I have fallen under the Indie Slush Pile, and I can't get up.

Rec me!

What I am looking for:

1) Not tradpub (Edit: This one and #4 are the only non-negotiable ones, see my reasons in comments; #2 can extend to SF or any similar genre, but I don't read many mysteries or much contemporary)
2) Fantasy - sword and sorcery or some other action sub-genre preferred over politics
3) Prefer a female main character
4) Competent writing, for the love of all the gods

I am honestly starting to think it's not possible to have a well-developed independently published story. Please show me I'm wrong.

So tired

Aug. 14th, 2017 11:09 pm
apollymi: Hansel & Gretel in the woods, text reads "We've got the taste of blood" (H&G: Hansel & Gretel: Taste of blood)
[personal profile] apollymi
I'm so damn tired, but I'm trying to edit some of the [community profile] 15kinks stories into something like coherency. It seems that, when I was sleeping one night, I managed to open up Scrivener on my phone and just sort of flail across the keyboard. There are words that make no sense. There are words that have to be autocorrect or autosuggest at work all over the place. There are random letters scattered here and there.

And that's why I suspect the phone edit thing, more so than the autocorrect and autosuggest things: there are no numbers or symbols that I'm finding. Nope, it's all letters, like switching over to the next keyboard screen was more than my sleepy brain could handle.

So I'm trying to make it make sense again. It's no easy task. And it's not made any easier by the fact that I'm probably just as close to sleep right now as I was when I did this little bout of sleep editing.

That said, though, I think it's time that I go back to bed and try to make sleep happen for a few hours, until it's time to go back to work again. (sad face) Tomorrow will be a long day, since [personal profile] katsuko has IKEA at 7:00 and then Mirko at 5:00. I'll have to get the bus from the train station to the restaurant, and who knows when I'll be dragging my ass in to Buckhead?

Part of me is sadly tempted to just get off the bus at Panera, instead of going on a mile or so further to Mirko, get the car, and going back up to Panera. The only reason I don't is because there is no guarantee that [personal profile] katsuko would be cut before Panera closes into order to come get me.

But it's still stupidly tempting.

Anyway, that's it. That's all I've got. Good night, all.

Me being gloomy about politics

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And then of course

Aug. 14th, 2017 06:33 pm
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[personal profile] dragovianknight
There are the books where chapter 1 feels like the DM is setting up the campaign world for you. *sigh*

Is the current trend in YA really the "I am incompetent at everything and also clueless about my surroundings" character? Or is this just people trying to ape Harry Potter without going the necessary step of putting their MC in a world they genuinely have no way of knowing anything about?
dragovianknight: closeup of a green dragon (Default)
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And therefore, I am always annoyed when I pick up an indie book that looks good, has an interesting premise, and then turns out to be shallow, half-developed, and powered entirely by the idiot ball.

This applies to YA just as much as books allegedly aimed at adults. Thus was I really fucking disappointed in A Quest of Heroes (Amazon link), which I am pretty sure I picked up because it was a) free and b) the title seems like a perfectly good phrase for a group of adventurers, amirite? A quest of heroes, a murder of crows, a pack of wolves...

Sadly, the book was not nearly so clever as that, and the worldbuilding was tissue thin. And I don't want to say the main character is dumb as a box of hammers, but his awareness of the world around him extends for about six inches. This might be accurate for a fourteen year old, but it makes for a damn boring MC.

Most importantly, the ways the book is bad are very much self-absorbed Mary Sue-fic bad. Not because the MC is practically perfect in every way, but because the world shapes itself around him. You can tell the villains because they Instahate Our Hero Thor (don't name your hero Thor, people, unless your hero is Thor). The designated Good People equally Instalove him. He is deeply confused why he is hated! And why he is liked! In fact, Thor spends a great deal of the book clueless, conveniently has magic powers as the plot demands (but the Mysterious Magic Man won't explain jack shit, he just shows up to make Mysterious Pronouncements), receives the gift of a magic falcon maybe-familiar from the King roughly five minutes after showing up at the capitol, finds a probably-magic white leopard on a hunt, etc etc.
In which I complain at length. )
In short, Thor doesn't earn things so much as he bumbles his way into being in the right place at the right time, meeting the right people, and then managing to blow it all through sheer lack of sense. The people who oppose him oppose him for no good reason. The Evil Gay Trope offends me less than the sheer lack of sense or intelligence demonstrated by LITERALLY EVERYONE. Declaring your book YA - and I question that, given the whole "getting Thor drunk and buying him a whore" part - doesn't absolve you from basic logic and sensible character development.

The book ended on a cliffhanger, but frankly, I choose to believe the end of book 1 is the end of Thor's story. I'm certainly not going to pay money for the rest.

too much

Aug. 12th, 2017 11:01 pm
apollymi: Close ups of Arthur and Eames, no text (Incep**Eames/Arthur: Dream bigger)
[personal profile] apollymi
I'm just sort of done with everything.

The girls are fighting: growling and hissing and yowling and popping at each other. They've been hissing increasingly at each other over the last couple of days, but today has been the first day they've fought. Boo's stressed, Luci's stressed, and I am so far beyond stressed that I'm just sort of sitting in the corner crying. Boo is acting like she can't leave the front part of the house, Luci is acting like she controls the back part of the house, and I'm so goddamn frazzled by the whole thing. Boo runs, Luci chases, and I keep trying to separate the two of them without touching or favoring one of them.

This is more than my nerves can handle. I know there are growing pains to introducing animals to one another. I know I got spoiled with how well the previous four all got along. But really, I'm not even joking about sitting in the corner crying.

I don't even know what to do, so I'm just going to sit here and fucking cry. Okay?

Tired

Aug. 11th, 2017 11:19 pm
apollymi: The ending of the manga, the scene that makes for happy shippers, no text (SDK**Kyo/Yuya: THAT final shippy scene)
[personal profile] apollymi
I'm so freaking tired. I keep falling asleep in the weirdest places and the weirdest times. It's actually all I can do to stay awake long enough to accomplish anything right now.

I'm back on my period again. To give some context to that "again" bit, since 05 June, I've had 23 days when I'm not on my period. On 05 June, I started a period that went until 02 July, then I had another go from 18 July to 01 August, and now on 11 August, I'm starting again. In the last 66 days, from 05 June until today, I've had been bleeding for 43 of them.

And this is why I'm worried that my anemia might be back again. One of those days, July 28, I believe, I bled through so many pads in a day that it was ridiculous. In fact, I know I had to change three times in one hour, one of which times I was wearing two pads on top of each other.

I'm looking forward, actually, to my doctor's appointment on the 22nd. I'm hoping I can get my new GP/PCP to write me a prescription for some kind of birth control to get me back to some kind of regular. If not, I'm hopeful she can get me into a OBGYN soon to get me said prescription.

And yeah, that's about it.

Later, all.

dark eyes

Aug. 10th, 2017 10:01 pm
apollymi: Typewriter and paper, text reads "Fanfic writer" (My Writing: Fanfic Writer)
[personal profile] apollymi
Apparently, I look like I got punched in the eyes, as dark as the circles under them are. I don't get it. I went to bed at a decent-ish hour yesterday. Maybe it was the getting up at 4:30 that did it.

To any effect, I managed to accidentally fall asleep in Peachtree Center Mall this morning. The security guard I always talk to woke me back up, and we discussed the wisdom of my going for coffee. I ended up grabbing a $5 hot chocolate, but it kept me going a few hours... then I started almost drifting off at work. Anastasia, darling blunt Russian that she is, told me I looked like I had been punched in the eye.

So... I'm going to get this typed up and what I handwrote typed up, and then I'm going on to bed for the night early again. I just hope I'm not getting sick from where we were rained on so much on Monday.

fic! (chips-related)

Aug. 10th, 2017 09:12 pm
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Okay here is a (Not Very) Lovely Story, it is called Chips (AO3 link).

It is about Bill going to visit Missy in the vault and she takes her some chips. Perhaps surprisingly this does NOT lead to happy carefree moments of bliss and/or Sapphism. It has no pairing as such and it is rated G because it does not even have swears in it. (Go me!) But it is a bit horrid, I should probably mention that.

Books and comics read in July 2017

Aug. 10th, 2017 07:45 pm
shinyjenni: Alicia from The Good Wife, seen from behind, wearing a red coat, in front of a wall of bookshelves (alicia books)
[personal profile] shinyjenni
Honourable Friends? Parliament and the fight for change - Caroline Lucas
The Thing Around Your Neck - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Orangeboy - Patrice Lawrence
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet vol 2
Sister Mine - Nalo Hopkinson
The Dark Lord of Derkholm - Diana Wynne Jones
Giant Days vol 1
Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl
The Glass Universe: The Hidden History of the Women Who Took the Measure of the Stars - Dava Sobel
Fool's Quest - Robin Hobb
The Magpie Lord - KJ Charles

Giant Days vol 1 (four stars), The Magpie Lord (five stars) )

Short stories I enjoyed this month:
Beauty, Glory, Thrift - Alison Tam: contained SPACE and WOMEN, so off to a good start, but also an interesting plot and a world I wanted to see more of. Plus quietly optimistic when it could easily have gone a different way.

Fandom meme from [personal profile] sharpest_asp

Aug. 9th, 2017 10:43 pm
apollymi: Finn von Claret (formerly of Abney Park) in steampunk outfit, no text (Steampunk: Cosplay (Abney Park))
[personal profile] apollymi
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 )

*tagging:
[personal profile] katsuko, [personal profile] daimeryan_rei, and [personal profile] not_hathor
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So tired

Aug. 8th, 2017 11:05 pm
apollymi: Faraday at the card table, gun in hand, no text (Mag7**Faraday: Gambler)
[personal profile] apollymi
I fell asleep on the couch. I'm writing this to you from the future. It's a hungry and yet still very tired kind of future.

It's also a very, very fucking stressed future. We've got until tomorrow night to pay the $110. It's a $3 processing fee to use it online... which we have to do, because we're at work during office hours. We have exactly $111. So, yeah, we are actually just $2 short of what we need to keep a damn roof over our heads. And it's due by 5:00 tomorrow.

And I'm the only one here who gives a shit.

The power is going to get cut off, because we're going to be late on that again. The only reason we're going to still have car insurance is because I was able to get them to process payment on it on the 18th, my next pay day. The IRS still isn't showing the payment I made on the 4th on my due balance, and it's still all due by the 24th; I think the remaining balance is $50 exactly, but without that updated payment, I don't know... but I do know that the money has come out of my account. I still have to do the oil change, and I still have to replace the damaged tire.

FML. I hate my life. I hate always being a hair's breadth away from homeless. I hate always being right on the edge of broke. I hate having to constantly swallow my pride and ask for money.

I just hate me right now.

Whoops

Aug. 7th, 2017 11:28 pm
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I managed to fall asleep watching commentary on last night's episode of Game of Thrones. At least I managed to stay away while watching the episode itself. No spoilers, but holy shit, the last fifteen minutes. Holy. Shit. Highlights of [personal profile] katsuko and my reactions:
"Y'all are too busy looking at the distraction. Y'all're gonna regret it."
"Lookit Bronn, being all badass!"
"Oh, tell me Jamie isn't that stupid. Tell me. Lie to me."
"Is that Bronn again? I can't really tell."

And yeah, I love Olenna Tyrell in the last episode, but I loved Jon in this one. I loved the reunions. I loved all the reunions. There were so many to pick from, and so many of them were fantastic.

I guess that's about all I can say on that if I'm not going to do spoilers.

I didn't get a lot of writing done, but I did manage more than I have since the first day of the month. The thing is that I've got just over 12,000 words before I've written 365,000 for the year... in August. I'm tired. I'm so tired so much of the time. But I'm not ready to give up on my #365K/365Day challenge. I'm going to finish strong, so help me.

So we had the flat tire last night. We got the spare tire on in the rain last night... only to leave in the morning and find out that the spare was also flat. So we pulled in to the gas station to try to inflate it: no joy. We decided to go get some Fix-A-Flat and repair it ourselves. We did have a very nice anonymous gentleman stop and help us repair the original tire, getting the nail out and patching it with rubber cement. Even with his help, it took 45 minutes, [personal profile] katsuko was late to work, and I am now seriously broke; he spent at least $10 on buying the repair kits, so I gave him the last $20 I had to my name.

But the tire does seem to be at least semi-repaired. It's holding air again, and it rode us from Roswell to Midtown to Buckhead to Alpharetta and back to Roswell today. That's a good sign, as far as I'm concerned. It just has to last until there is money again. I have $50 left to pay back to the IRS. I still need another $40 or so for an oil change. Apparently, we still need to pay $110 to the apartment complex for paying rent late... but weirdly, they're still showing us as having not paid the full rent. (But the letter they sent was dated on the 4th, the day we paid, so I dunno.)

Anyway, so much to do, so much money to spend. So little time, so little money to actually spend. C'est la vie.

something from the headache

Aug. 6th, 2017 11:04 pm
apollymi: Kaiba looking pissed, purple overtones, text reads "Cursed" (YGO**Kaiba: Cursed)
[personal profile] apollymi
This is going to just be a quickie post while I'm working on getting tonight's episode of Game of Thrones to cooperate.

I feel like this whole week has been a very "one thing after another after another" kind of week. (Yes, I'm counting Sunday as part of last week.) I had the jury duty on Monday. I had a long week at work. I keep getting headaches out of nowhere, unconnected to whether I'm wearing my contacts or my glasses. I had someone complain about me on Friday at work (because I wouldn't let her skip line to go to the bathroom). Yesterday, I ended up wasting a good chunk of the morning waiting to get my contacts... and then most of the rest of the day hunched up in an uncomfortable chair at IKEA. Today I spent bouncing between Panera Breads while [personal profile] katsuko was at first IKEA then Mirko.

I've had a screaming headache since around lunchtime. Unfortunately, I had nothing to take for it until I got home around 10 this evening.

And now we have a flat tire on the car from running over a nail. Because fuck my life.

Honestly.

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