Lazy day off (again)

Oct. 15th, 2017 10:57 pm
apollymi: Hicks' face, faded icon, text reads "If in doubt, NUKE IT" (Aliens**Hicks: Nuke the site from orbit)
[personal profile] apollymi
I like typing those words. I really do. I enjoy having quiet days where we don't do much of anything. Those are really nice, especially when we both have the same days to do nothing. Those don't happen too often, sadly enough. In fact, it only happened today because [personal profile] katsuko called out of Mirko. Yeah, we need the money, but she needs a day completely off work where neither of us have to get up and do anything.

The most we did today was trade in our old iPhones for the new 8+ ones. Honestly, it took three stops, but we now have the phones we've been wanting. So much room... It might actually take me a hot minute to fill this thing up... but probably not that long.

[personal profile] katsuko starts her new schedule/position at IKEA tomorrow, so she'll be going in to work at 6:30, which is about halfway between her two former usual times to go in. It's going to be interesting, figuring out the exact time we need to leave Roswell by to get to Midtown Atlanta on time now. Probably around 5:45? Which is better than 5:15 or 5:00... but not as nice as leaving at 6:00 or 6:10.

And yeah, that's about all I've got. I'm going to go back to writing for a little bit and then go on to bed. Good night, all.

I <3 Saturdays

Oct. 14th, 2017 11:42 pm
apollymi: Kaiba and Bakura, close up on faces, text reads "Don't fear the reaper" (YGO**Bakura/Kaiba: Don't fear the reape)
[personal profile] apollymi
Honestly, yeah, seriously, I love my Saturdays. I love having the day off work. And this Saturday, I didn't even have to do edits on manga. That... makes me ridiculously happy. I'm a bit sick of typing the words "Squeaky Mouse-san" right now. More than "a bit", truth be told, but what can you do? It's money. Granted, only a little bit of money, but still, money.

I'm still managing to make words happen, which is a good thing, as far as I'm concerned. But as for tonight, I think I'm going to go ahead and throw myself at my bed. Good night, all.

Tooting No Award's horn

Oct. 15th, 2017 09:02 am
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The proper grown-up blog I share with [personal profile] yiduiqie has been linked from some amazing places in the last month, and I just want to document it for posterity and ego boosting:
  • The New Yorker linked to our 2015 post about the sinister subtext of Thomas the Tank Engine. Yes, that New Yorker. Ain't no thang. *hairflip*
  • (That article was then shared at BoingBoing, where the comments were filled with nerds taking our silly post very seriously indeed.)
  • BookRiot's crime fiction podcast discussed our post on why we're not supporting the Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries film Kickstarter, and our earlier post (linked in our recent one) about the racism in the books and TV series, and how it's something that non-Australians seem to overlook.
  • The podcast included a wonderful bit where the hosts were like, "Well, these Australian ladies say the books are problematic, but we wanted to make up our own mind, so we read one each." But they chose the books at random, and had the misfortune to end up with Blood and Circuses, The One With The Infamous Clown Sex. (If you watched the series -- which I really love, when it's not being incredibly racist -- you should take a moment to appreciate the lack of clown sex. Really.) Anyway, they concluded that, yes, the books are very bad in terms of exotifying and othering people of non-Anglo backgrounds, but they're also just not well-written and ... bad. Which is fair. 
  • And The Monthly, an Australian publication whose essays and articles appeal to flat white-sipping inner-city lefties (so, me), linked to our first Discovery post in an article about angry, racist nerds complaining that Trek is "suddenly" appealing to an "SJW" agenda.
  • (I am extremely proud to get the word "feelpinions" into The Monthly, BUT I also wonder if my use isn't a bit defensive, ie, no one can accuse me of being emotional, irrational or otherwise a silly lady fan if I say it first. Am I putting myself at a disadvantage by emphasising that my posts are reactions, not reviews, and that my opinions derive from my emotions? On the other hand, what is television for but to elicit an emotional reaction?)
Finally, here is this week's Discovery post, which I almost didn't share because it wasn't wholly positive and ... IDK, I guess I've become protective of this ridiculous show, and don't want to play into the narrative of it being The Worst. On the other hand, it made some Bad Choices this week, along with some better ones. (And I note that the dude reviewers who have decried it as being The Worst really liked this episode, which only reassures me that I'm on the right track.)


Oct. 13th, 2017 11:36 pm
apollymi: Animated, Roy sparks the lighter, no text (FMA**Roy: Set the world aflame)
[personal profile] apollymi
Today, I'm having a TFIF (thank fuck it's Friday) moment, at least now that the day is over. I didn't think it was ever going to end, truth be told. Today at work, after all, was one of those days where people were only left alive because murder is illegal, if that says anything about how it went. (And about how well the 800mg ibuprofen was helping the pain I was in.)

Anyway, yeah, TFIF. I'm intending on enjoying my weekend... and I'm going to start with some sleep right now. Good night, all.

Writerly things

Oct. 13th, 2017 03:36 pm
dragovianknight: a woman spans fire filled with fanciful shapes from one hand to the other (Writing - Telling Tales by the Fire)
[personal profile] dragovianknight
The good: I have a solid idea for the short story I want to write for the Fell Beasts and Fair anthology.

The bad: Said idea came with enough backstory for a novel (or three)...IF I had the skill to plot and write the backstory properly, which I do not. And even if I did, the novel would suffer from a raging case of genre confusion, with elements of classic sword and sorcery, political intrigue, and icky romance cooties.

But the short story idea should work, if I can get it done by the November 1 deadline.

In other news, I have become mostly nocturnal, with my prime sleeping time between 7am and 1:30pm, and my prime writing time between 3am and 5am. IDEK.

Something quick again

Oct. 12th, 2017 10:52 pm
apollymi: Hudson freaking out, text reads "Game over, man. Game over". I find this completely realisitc for the situation (Aliens**Hudson: Game over man! Game ove)
[personal profile] apollymi
I'm kinda tired, despite napping when I got home, so I'm going to make this entry really short and head on to bed, seeing as how I have a full day tomorrow, since I'm opening for Glynda, as she will be out. (She's going to the Garth Brooks concert tonight, so that means she can't be in tomorrow somehow. I don't pretend to understand.)

I'm listening to a hoot outside somewhere. It's disturbing the hell out of Luci, because she's trying to find where the sound is coming from. It's sort of adorable, in a goofy Luci way.

And yeah, I think that's about all I've got. I'm going to finish getting my 1000 words for the day, and then I'm going the hell to bed. Later, all.

A fanfic recommendation

Oct. 12th, 2017 06:37 pm
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[personal profile] maureenlycaon_dw
You don't even know how thoroughly recommended! ;)

Vengeance, by darthneko (World of Warcraft: Legion)

Anduin as a Shadow Priest. Magnificent, disturbing, haunting, it deserves all these adjectives and more. One of the finest WoW fanfics it has ever been my privilege to read. Go treat yourself to it right now.

Friendly advice

Oct. 12th, 2017 05:30 pm
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[personal profile] maureenlycaon_dw
If your parents still have old books or possessions from your childhood that once seemed to create another world for you when you were a kid, you might consider getting them back while you still can. I'm just sayin'. ;)

Self Care Comes in Many Forms

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Where's my brain

Oct. 11th, 2017 11:25 pm
apollymi: Hicks holding Ripley as Ripley holds Newt, text reads "Family" (Aliens**Hicks/Ripley+Newt: Family)
[personal profile] apollymi
I'm pretty sure I had a brain at some point today. Where it is right now, though, I don't know. I keep catching myself staring off into nothingness and losing bits of time. I would be a lot more concerned if I wasn't so tired and all. So I'm actually pretty sure that the exhaustion is why I can't concentrate.

I am planning on going to bed the minute I get 1000 words for the day. At least tomorrow I don't have to get up quite so early. [personal profile] katsuko is off work, so we just have to drop me off at the train station by 7:00 so I can be to work on time. And Friday I have an opening shift, because Glynda is at the Garth Brooks concert tomorrow night and won't be going to work the day after it. Makes total sense, right?

(Richard, Anastasia, and I have some thoughts regarding Glynda and LaTrease, specifically regarding the favoritism that Glynda gets because she's friends with LaTrease outside of work. She takes all this time off, either just not working certain days like Friday, or taking a week or so off at the time, or leaving early. I get in trouble for being on the computer for more than 5 minutes at the time, but she can be on it for hours with nothing said. Anastasia and I can't use our mobile phones in the monitoring room, but Glynda can check hers whenever. And since LaTrease goes in and makes changes to our time constantly, Richard is pretty sure that Glynda's time isn't being deducted for some of the days she leaves early or doesn't come back from an errand. But that's neither here nor there.)

And yeah, that's the end of this. I need to finish my 1000 words now. Later.

So tired

Oct. 10th, 2017 10:56 pm
apollymi: Heero, Usagi, and Duo, close up on their eyes, text reads "OT3" (OT3: Duo/Usagi/Heero (eyes))
[personal profile] apollymi
I've fallen asleep on the couch two or three times now, and I'm not even sure which. It's just all I can do to stay awake long enough to type this up. It was a long, long day today, and I came really fucking close to giving in to the urge to kill me a tester. I had to write up two different people for using their scratch paper during their breaks, one of which I also had to tell twice to keep his feet out of the damn chair. Add to that people taking every possible unscheduled break that they could, and it turns into a difficult Tuesday. And Tuesdays do always seem to be the difficult days at the testing center. I don't know why. What is it about Tuesdays that bring out the asshole in testers? (Which in turn brings out the asshole in me.)

But in a level of small comfort, I did get my gynecologist to call me in a prescription for 800 milligram ibuprofen for the cramps I'm going through right now, which is a really fucking good thing. And my other good thing of the day is that I splurged and bought a $9 pair of pajama pants at Walmart. They're black with cat faces on them. I'm going to go back to Walmart on Saturday and buy the pair of witch kitty pajama pants. Because I require lots of Halloween PJ pants. I have a pair of fleece Halloween cats ones and a pair of Wizard of Oz/Wicked Witch of the West ones too. But I require more. I also saw a couple of new Halloween shirts I require.

And yeah, that's really all I've got. Hopefully tomorrow is better than today was.

No more Squeaky Mouse-san

Oct. 9th, 2017 11:16 pm
apollymi: Trunks sneaking a glance off to the side, no text (DBZ**Trunks: Corner of my eye)
[personal profile] apollymi
Once again, I am done with Squeaky Mouse-san (also known as Plum Crazy!) for a little bit again. I am ridiculously pleased, because I really hate having to type out Squeaky Mouse-san on a regular basis. It's just... ugh.

I want to be writing, but the stuff that's coming is... well... bad. I mean, it's good quality, as always, but it's bad. I mistreat my characters like WOAH, and it's all because I feel like hell. But since it's very... something, I'm pretty sure I should remove it or move it to the Deleted Scenes folder or something. The thing is that that's the part that wants to come.

And all that has been used to describe it is "visceral". No, I take that back: "intense" has been used once for it. And I'm not sure what to do with either of those. They don't sound like the kinds of words to draw inspiration from... or like the kind of things that need to be continued.

So yeah, I think that's what I'm going to do: move the three or four worst, most "visceral" and "intense" stories over to Deleted Scenes and not have to worry about it anymore. To hell with words if they're not any good, right?
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Mounting Made Easy

Oct. 9th, 2017 01:34 am
dragovianknight: From the start of the Pandaria quest chain. (WoW - Varian Angry)
[personal profile] dragovianknight
Is there a leatherworker in all of Azeroth who enjoyed this bullshit quest for a mount you can't even sell or use on alts?

And this is my reaction while cheesing parts of it with a flying mount. I wouldn't even have tried without one, because I already have the spirit moose from archaeology; WHY would I want a plain white moose who can't fly (though you certainly wouldn't guess that from how the fucker jumps like Superman during the quest).

All over the place

Oct. 8th, 2017 11:20 pm
apollymi: Eternal Sailor Moon against a bright yellow background, no text (BSSM**Usagi: Stand tall (ESM))
[personal profile] apollymi
I've been working on another volume of Plum Crazy for Seven Seas. If I have to read or type the words "Squeaky Mouse-san" again in my life, it will be too soon. Oh my gods. The manga itself is cute enough, but whoever did the initial copyedits left a lot of grammar issues in place and the typesetter might well have been a drunk monkey. And that's being generous on my part.

Also, if you haven't guessed by my general joy in life, I'm cramping like a motherfucker and bleeding heavily today. Which means some of these Worst Case Scenario kids are getting hell, especially poor bi!femme!Goody. She's the one I usually pick on when I'm dealing with the whole bullshit involving Auntie Flo. Honestly, December 13 can't come soon enough.

Of course, the weird thing is that despite all the blood flow I've got going right now, my iron levels were all good. Which means, according to my gynecologist, that my body has already started compensating for it, so... yay?

And yeah, that's about all I've got. So long, my freaky darlings.

What a lazy day

Oct. 7th, 2017 11:58 pm
apollymi: Bakura looking smug, text reads "He belongs to the dark" (YGO**Bakura: He belongs to the dark)
[personal profile] apollymi
Seriously, it's been a very, very lazy day. I got up to see [personal profile] katsuko off to work at IKEA and then I went back to bed. I got up to feed the cats again and then laid down on the couch. I played games on my phone and tried to write, but no words ended up coming then, so I watched a lot of YouTube. When [personal profile] katsuko got home from IKEA, she grabbed us some Taco Bell for late lunch/early dinner. Then she went to Mirko for a dinner shift that took care of a bit more of the money we owe towards our very late rent.

While she was at Mirko, the neighbors started up one of their parties. It was still going when she got home from the restaurant at nearly 11:00. Hell, it's still going now. I'm getting ready to go walk down there and tell them to knock it off before I call the cops.

And yeah, that's been my day. How has yours been, internet friends and family?
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Title: You Got The Love
Fandom: Hidden Figures
Music: Florence + the Machine
Content notes: none
Summary: "You've got the love I need to see me through."
Notes: For [personal profile] cosmic_llin in [community profile] equinox_exchange Autumn 2017.
Download: here (2:48 minutes, 99MB) | subtitle .srt
Also at: Youtube | AO3 | Tumblr

streaming and lyrics under the cut )


Oct. 6th, 2017 10:42 pm
apollymi: Hicks, text reads "My hero" (Aliens**Hicks: My hero)
[personal profile] apollymi
I've got a new date for my surgery now. I'm scheduled to have it on December 13. I even got so far as getting my pre-surgery meetings set up as well. My pre-op is November the 28, while the surgery itself is going to be on December 13, as I said. I have a follow up for a post surgery appointment on the 22nd of December.

This is all of the good. This are all things that I've been needing to get done for a while, but I always ended up neglecting somehow. (Because I liked my original date for the surgery. It would have been absolutely perfect, but no, Glynda has to be out that day, so no one else can be.

And yeah, I fell asleep about three times trying to type this short thing up, so I'm going to go throw myself at my bed. Good night, all.

A little something

Oct. 5th, 2017 10:45 pm
apollymi: Eternal Sailor Moon against a bright yellow background, no text (BSSM**Usagi: Stand tall (ESM))
[personal profile] apollymi
I'm not tired, not really, but I think I'm going to go on to bed a bit early today. See if I can't get a jump on tomorrow. I did do a bit of writing on one of the Worst Case Scenario stories, like I always end up doing when I'm on the rag or cramping heavily. I swear: I torture my femme Goody's when I'm in pain. That's all I've got to say on that.

Just one more day of work before the week is up. I'm so damn ready for the weekend that it isn't even funny.

And, yeah, that's all I've got. Later.


Oct. 4th, 2017 11:40 pm
apollymi: Heero staring forward, Duo staring off to side, no text (GW**Duo/Heero: Starry Night)
[personal profile] apollymi
Well, I started up again on my period. It's actually been a really painful, heavy one all day today... so I'm taking it out on the Worst Case Scenario stories' characters. I'm not even remotely sorry. It's like my version os escaping mood swings and cramps from hell: torturing my characters.

But tomorrow is another early morning, where [personal profile] katsuko has to be at work at 6:00, so I need to go throw myself at my bed. Good night, all. So long, my freaky darlings.


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