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Jun. 25th, 2017 09:24 pm
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☆ I'm looking forward to Camp NaNo. Who else is planning to do it? I realized today that I have just over 14k to go before I hit my year's goal of 50k, and while I don't think I can manage to write that much in a month, I'm going to try.

☆ Found out that I might have the house to myself on Canada Day weekend... I'm crossing my fingers in hope that everything will turn out. It would be nice to just dogsit by myself and not do anything much. I tend to feel a little melancholy on that day, so the less time spent around people, the better.

☆ It was sooo sunny today. Maybe even a little bit too much. I'm melting. x_x I'm glad that it's so bright, but then again, little bit excessive....

☆ Have discovered that I like having breakfast outside in the mornings. Sure, I need to put on bug spray first, otherwise the mosquitoes will totally eat me, but after that... it's fine. Maybe I'll start doing this on weekends. It's nice to have the peace and quiet.

☆ I get so much joy out of seeing people get excited about their OCs in SSSS fandom... I can't put my finger on why, but it just makes me so happy. Not to mention, of course, that when people actually sit down and write these things, it opens up so many worldbuilding possibilities. Fun! (Also, I guess, seeing such enthusiasm in others makes me feel like less of a weirdo.)
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Sun Dec 25th: Tell us about your favourite holiday tradition. (2014 December Blogging Meme: NaNoBloPoMo Dec 2014)

Ray: Traditionally? We put up our little yule tree (a charlie-browned American girl christmas tree decorated with mostly secular decor, and the foam snowman we made at a vinfen party). We read The Mouse in the Manger (sadly the audio is no longer available; we'll have to fix that some day) and the inside kids watch the santa tracker app on our phone.

Julian: I will probably be adding a tradition of my own this coming winter, but I'm going to keep that a secret for now ♥ Though you can probably guess.

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Sat Dec 24th: What's the best present you've ever given someone? (2014 December Blogging Meme: NaNoBloPoMo Dec 2014)

Hmm... I dunno. I think I'm still proud of the fact that we still remember how to do pre-school style candy-decoration stocking stuffers?

We love inner-kid style stuff. :P

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Fri Dec 23rd: What went right for you in 2016? What do you want to carry forward to 2017? (Gwynne Michele's FB Post)

Getting social services support. Having a decent care team. Getting independent from my parents.

I think the first two are most important to keep hold of.

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Thurs Dec 22nd: What is one skill you want to upgrade or learn in 2017? (Gwynne Michele's FB Post)

Voice stuff on two levels:

(1) It'd be really nice to be able to video blog/voice record without having to have the microphone gain and volume set up all the way to capture front voice and the enunciation.

(2) singing.

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Jun. 23rd, 2017 05:04 pm
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Sometimes I just have to shake my head at the ridiculousness of comic book publication. I've been meaning to sit down and figure out what I need to finish my collection of late eighties to early nineties Justice League floppies. I finally got around to getting started and was slapped with a reminder of why I put it off.

See, in the beginning, there was Justice League America. At the point where my collection begins, DC had just recently gone through a continuity reset and decided to relaunch with a more worldwide view of their heroes' adventures. This brought us a book titled simply Justice League. The book remained Justice League for seven issues before someone decided to put the League's new international focus up center by renaming the book Justice League International. It remained Justice League International until a new team was spun off into Justice League Europe, at which point Justice League International was renamed Justice League America. Meanwhile, Justice League Europe went fifty issues before being renamed-- are you ready for this?-- Justice League International.

Unnecessary, I tell you. Utterly unnecessary.
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Wed Dec 21st: How will you know you're successful? (Gwynne Michele's FB post)

When I feel accomplished and proud. When I see things completed. When I'm getting attention for what I do. When I feel in love with what I'm doing.

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Jun. 21st, 2017 07:40 pm
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✿ Solstice has been rain, rain, nothing but rain and gloominess. That's all right; we need rain, always. And I've had to move ritual to the weekend, as usual, because of scheduling. Maybe the weather will be better for it, then. (Forecast says yes.) Anyway, bless you all, etc etc etc.

✿ (Note to self: solstice reading x2. Do it. You know you want to. :D )

✿ Works are finally revealed for Night on Fic Mountain exchange! Yay! My own gift is super cute, I love it. You should all look through the list of fandoms to see if there's anything relevant to your interests. It'll probably be a while before I can get around to reading everything that catches my eye, alas. Not a lot of time on my hands right now....

✿ Speaking of exchanges, signups for [community profile] multifandomdrabble are still open until the 23rd! Come write some bite-sized fic with me. :D

✿ SSSS: we have a hint (toward the bottom of the blog entry) that more information about the Book 2 kickstarter is coming soon. Very exciting! I wish she'd give a more definite date about when we'll get more info, but ah, well. I wonder what kinds of extras will be included in the book this time....

✿ Speaking of SSSS, the recent events are basically "everything is terrible and sad", ffff. Not a lot of Deep Thoughts on the current part of the story, but it sure is difficult to write things "five minutes into the plot's future" so to speak, because I'm having trouble speculating. I wonder when we'll get the new chapter turnover, and also, when we'll get that barrage of pages that was mentioned a few weeks ago.

✿ YiH: Karo posted another preview panel for Ch06, yay! Here's Siiri again. <3 <3 Haha, I think I'm falling in love, oh dear. (I just... really like older women? The sort who have a tough streak. I dunno, man.) Anyway, Karo also says: I'm trying to get Chapter 6 at least 25% done before I continue uploading and finishing Chapter 5. This makes me really happy, because yesssss steady updates. Sure, it means waiting a little longer, but it's going to be so worth the wait!

✿ Aaand... Jáhko and Veeti are getting a cameo in the Odie comic, and the preview of that panel delights me. Voila. They look like they're on a date -- [/cough] I MEAN - well, yes, my shipping goggles are permanently welded to my eyeballs, but whatever, it makes me happy. As much as I normally dislike modern mundane AUs, I might or might not have dropped about 800 words on something inspired by this, and fully intend to finish it. I guess for every rule, there is an exception. xD It's a nice opportunity to draw on the "soulmates across universes" trope, which also isn't necessarily my thing, but for these two, it's just perfect.
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Mon Dec 19th: What is one experience you want to have in 2017? (Gwynne Michele's FB post)

Teaching, which I'm already doing?

I think second to that I'd really like to network with some of the out-of-state plural folks this year, but I'm not sure yet on if that's gonna happen. There's a possibility, but I uh haven't even messaged them about it yet because I'm waiting to see if Teacher got us compensation for service at a summer mental health conference or not.

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Jun. 18th, 2017 09:59 pm
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I feel like I didn't get any rest at all this weekend. Oh well, here we go again. (Friday, Friday, I have Friday off, all I have to do is get through four days....)

I did manage to get some personal writing done this weekend, so we'll call it a win, even though it wasn't much. Think I've figured out how to end this story, so I might be able to bring it around to its conclusion if I work on it this week - which is a dubious possibility, but, y'know. It's been fun to write - this is one of my SSSS OC things, and I haven't written these particular characters interacting before. That makes sense, because Suvi and Niko aren't very close, even though they're related, but... still. Anyway, I'll be glad to be done with it, whenever that happens. I'm especially glad that I figured out one plot-related thing that was bugging me; it'll be easier now.

Shaeiira finished the drawing of Marzanna that I commissioned her to do, and I'm absolutely enamoured with it. Check it out (tumblr or twitter), it's gorgeous. Could stare at this for ages. I kind of want to print it out and put it on my desk, aaah. (Hmm, I wonder, perhaps I should get her to do one of Jarilo to match. I'll have to wait a while, but it's an Idea.)

Zzzzzz

Jun. 17th, 2017 10:10 pm
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Verrrry tired this evening, hooo boy.

Put in the order for my glasses yesterday. Feel a little nervous about it, but only in the ridiculous sort of way. "What if they get the prescription wrong" or somesuch nonsense. Didn't plan on dropping this much cash on something this month, but OH WELL. It's going to be nice to be able to see properly. I'm getting sick of squinting all the time.

Went to a charity walk fundraiser thing today. Been up since 7 and I'm absolutely exhausted. I think I got a sunburn. But the thing went all right, so that's fine.

Was looking forward to getting rest tomorrow, and doing some personal writing for a bit, as well as finishing my entry for that character design thing, but then I remembered that we're going out for breakfast and all sorts of nonsense and I'll probably be Doing Stuff all day again and ughhh okay fine.

Signups for [community profile] multifandomdrabble start tomorrow. Haven't put my requests together but ehhh I'll do it sometime this week. Considering the format, I might very well end up requesting all the fandoms that I like, rather than just a few. We'll see.

Posting for [community profile] pbam starts later this week. It's an amnesty/filling old prompts round, not posting new prompts. Finally finished that thing I wrote for the previous round and hadn't finished on time. I'm looking forward to sharing it.

Next week is going to be busy.

Kind of wish I could sleep through all of it, but well, you know....

Interesting Links

Jun. 17th, 2017 02:01 pm
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Peter Rabbit and Beatrix Potter’s Secret Diary: It's fascinating to read about Beatrix's secret journal, and the effort her fan spent decoding it.

Bonsai Origami Dogwood Tree video: How to make origami bonsai

Baby Jesus statue's head returned after 'shocking' replacement at Canadian church mocked
: Happy ending!

Baby elephant video blog at Pittsburgh Zoo: The calf was born on 6th June. She's so cute!

inspirobot: : an AI dedicated to generating unlimited amounts of unique inspirational quotes for endless enrichment of pointless human existence.

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We are once again running a plural system cabin (endogenic, traumagenic, quoigenic, tulpamancy, soulbonding, daemonism, subsystem; we don't care what you are) for Camp NaNo in July! If anyone is interested, do the following:

Joining a private cabin
First, make sure you have a defined a project for the upcoming event.

Make sure you have selected "I don't want to be included in a cabin" in your cabin settings so you are not sorted into a random cabin while waiting for a private cabin invitation, and that you have deselected the "I don't want cabin invitations this session" option.


THEN give us your Camp NaNo username! :)

THEN do the following:

When you are invited to a private cabin, that invitation will pop-up the next time you log in, or refresh the Camp NaNoWriMo page. "Join Now" will take you to your new cabin home; "No Thanks" will delete the invitation.

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Jun. 15th, 2017 12:46 am
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I have so much adulting to do beginning friday-- it's not even funny. But I have put in the reservation for the uhaul on saturday the 24th. <3 I feel like I accomplished something. That just means once I get settled, and I am able to play Stormblood, I will find a supreme sense of satisfaction. Awww yeah!

Reading Wednesday

Jun. 14th, 2017 08:39 pm
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Last finished: Land of Love and Ruins by Oddný Eir. ...I didn't like it. I'm having a difficult time figuring out WHY I didn't like it. What drew me to it was the format - I flipped through it in the library and found that it was just atypical enough to pique my interest; it's written somewhat as a diary, or internal musings, perhaps. But I found myself struggling to stay interested in it. A lack of interest in the narrator and her story, I suppose, maybe.

Currrently reading: Embers: One Ojibway's Meditations by Richard Wagamese. This is one that I saw in the bookstore, considered buying because I love the author's other works, and then decided to try the library's copy instead. It's very what-it-says-on-the-tin, a series of brief personal meditations on the subject of - well, everything. Existence in general. Wagamese has quite a way with words, and it shows here just as well as it does in his poetry. It's taking me a while to get through this one because I prefer to avoid reading big chunks of it all at once. It's better when taken one page at a time. (Ideally, perhaps, one page per day, though there aren't 365 of them.)

Also reading: Loon: Memory, Meaning, and Reality in a Northern Dene Community by Henry S. Sharp. This one is... I'm finding it interesting, but rather difficult to follow at times. The writer draws on a lot of metaphors from quantum mechanics in order to describe things like the Dene perception of time, reality, events, and existence, and it's... a little outside my field. But I do find it interesting, even if I don't expect the quantum bits will contribute much to my understanding of knowledge/power/inkoze as a concept, heh.

Reading next: I have no clue. According to the reading goals I've set, I need to read... uh... more books that I own, rather than library stuff. Fair enough. All things considered, I should read all of the books that I bought last time I went on vacation, because I have zero doubts that the next time I go to Victoria, I'll come back with more. So... it'll probably be one of these:
-Arctis, William Heinesen. Faeroese poet; this one looks like a very landscape-focused volume.
-Circling North, Charles Lillard. Canadian poet. I don't know anything about his work.
-Forge, Jan Zwicky. Canadian poet. Several of the works in this volume are music-influenced. ...I confess, part of the reason I bought this is because I love the way the book was designed; Gaspereau Press puts out such pretty volumes, especially for poetry. (And now I suddenly miss Nova Scotia again, oh dear.)
-What the Bear Said: Skald Tales of New Iceland, W. D. Valgardson. Canadian writer of Icelandic descent. Short stories influenced by Icelandic tradition (or reconstruction of handed-down stories? Not sure).
-Scars, W. P. Kinsella. Short stories set in Hobbema (near Edmonton).

[YIH] Rambly gushy nonsense

Jun. 14th, 2017 07:39 pm
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Ahhh so, the recent Year in Hereafter previews have made me so excited, even though I know it'll be a while before we actually get to see more.

Braindump )

Healing comes-- eventually

Jun. 14th, 2017 12:05 am
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FFX-2 is a really tricky thing for me, I loved the game when I first played it. But somewhere a long the way, things happened and drama exploded and it was just a series that I buried-- dead and gone. People that I associated with the game, things that I was reminded of. Never in the life of Nia have I ever had a breakup that justified me deciding that an entire game was dead and buried. (7 year relationship that at it's basis was Xenogears, nope-- still love that game and won't give it up even though I am not gung-ho fanatical about it at this stage in my life). But there was this girl, this psychotic girl who called herself the "Deathseeker" and I fell in with her brand of psychoticness. I don't even know how bad it went since it was one of those LONG DISTANCE THINGS and I had no clue about her except what she told me.

But she went batshit crazy-- even faked her own death in order to get away from me (or something). Let me tell you, I have a low opinion of people who fake their own death especially online. (if somehow, you want an example of the sheer ammount of crazy-- here is her HI I AM NOT DEAD SUCKERS letter to the world. I can't even begin to make up shit like that.

We RPed Baralai and Nooj, and let me tell you-- once that relationship was over and done with, I pretty much shoved Baralai muse into an open coffin and shut it tightly, because it was a reminder of a weak point in my life. (and I must of been weak in order to have been so DUPED by that, blinded actually might be a better word). But today I was listening to my music while working and without thinking about it, I heard a song and went "That's Baralai to a T"

Which surprised the ever loving fuck out of me and caused me to re-evaluate my life. And I thought to myself-- is it possible that perhaps I have gotten over that travesty, I've finally reached a point where those memories are just stupid and idiotic? I was 24 at the time and I think perhaps the statue of limitations has gone up over that, but it left me relieved, not because I thought about a character that I had buried but because well-- there's just something cleansing about being able to think about something that previous-to had been able to bring putrid bile to the back of my throat and go, "Well okay, I think I can think about that now and just feel nostalgia-- no revulsion, nothing"

So perhaps I may make an icon, a sort of little remembrance of him, but I don't know-- it's just nice to have a nice little piece of clarity in the here and now.

On an un-related note-- OWEN AND I CLOSE ON OUR HOUSE ON THE 23rd!!! Which means that for a few weeks, I'll probably be without internet, which is all fine and good, I'll be busy anyways! But yes, super excited to move into our home and I will be able to pester Owen ALL THE TIME! (he's so happy lol)
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For the entire month of March and most of April, I was embroiled in a bitter battle that pitted me against man, robot, and my own stupidity and capacity for resilience. The long story takes over 40 minutes, both hands, and at least a glass of wine to tell. The short story is that I had to stare and watch robots do a job that was supposed to mean I was free to do the rest of my job for many, many hours a week.

In normal lab circumstances, I listen to music and sing along if no one's around. However, these were extreme circumstances and I quickly become aware that music alone would not keep my sanity intact. Enter podcasts. I already knew a small handful of podcasts from the greatest hits of my previously 4-hour daily commute (also known as The Dark Days or the Year of 150 Books). But as I said before, these were extreme circumstances and I needed more than the brief backlog I had left myself from those days.

So, without further ado, the list of podcasts that kept me sane and that I recommend to you. This is not a comprehensive list of the apocalypse - I vetted many podcasts and some did not make the subscription cut and others I recommend at the end with caveats. But I enjoyed these and I hope you will too!

an entirely non-comprehensive list of keeping myself sane )
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