kungfuwaynewho: (bicycle dad)

So, I got an email that my paid account was due to expire.  I had two choices.  Let it expire?  But that seemed a tacit acknowledgment that I would never post again.  So I had to renew, obviously.  But once I paid for a blog that I hadn't used in a year (a year?!), I realized that I absolutely had to post again, today, immediately.

(I waited like six hours to make this post, obviously.)

Soooooooooo, it's been awhile!  There are a multitude of reasons (three, maybe four) for why I quit posting for a year (A YEAR?!?), but I won't get into everything now.  Mostly because it's boring and I doubt anyone cares.  But I wanted to say hello!  I'll be endeavoring to getting back into the swing of things and maybe making things and writing things again, and checking up on my flist, and other such online fandom thingies!

I feel like I should add something of substance to this post, however, so have literally the only thing I've done in Photoshop in the past year: a teeny-bop collage of silent film star Conrad Veidt!  (My sister went through A Phase.)

kungfuwaynewho: (tng bev identity crisis)
For some reason I got it into my head that I couldn't post until I had finished my edit of Part One, because to do otherwise would somehow admit defeat?  I didn't think of this literally or articulate it to myself, but every time I thought of a post, I would think, "no, I'll be done with the edit soon, I'll post then."

I am actually done with the edit now!  I ended up feeling that I needed an epilogue of sorts, instead wrote a full chapter, and had to go over that enough that I felt it was as polished as the rest of Part One.  But it is, in fact, done now.

(Of course, not posting has nothing to do with why I haven't been reading my flist.  I get the weirdest social media-related anxiety and issues sometimes, I don't even know.)

One of the major things that stalled my progress was the absolute glut of video games I either received or purchased for myself around Christmas.  I hadn't really been playing games much the last few years, and I'd forgotten what it was like to come home from work (or, in earlier years, school) and just sit down and play Civ for like five hours straight.  (What is it like?  It's great, except you start feeling like you haven't showered in a week, even if you did, in fact, just shower.)  I think I've gotten it out of my system, but for about three weeks there, I wasn't doing a whole lot else.  It was kind of sad.

Randomly this last week I have found myself actively missing fandom, specifically B5 fandom circa-2010, and landcomms, specifically scifiland, a whole lot.  I've been saying for over a year now that I was going to make a new fun B5 comm that was going to be like half-meta, half-landcomm, and I've never gotten around to it, so it's hard to whine about there not being anything going on when I'm not even attempting to be active myself.  But 2010-2011 was like a great period of time fandom-wise and I really miss it.  :(

And here is my favorite gif from the last month:

kungfuwaynewho: (nanowrimo)
Well, I have caught up on my flist through November 1st.  I didn't comment on everything because that would take me all day, but I have read it.  Oof.  I was just talking to a coworker about social media, and I'm like, I don't feel that I'm measurably more busy this year than I was last year or the year before, but for some reason I just never have time these days.  But I'm going to start making time, by God.

I am too lazy to get a 2013 NaNo icon, but yes, I am doing NaNo this year.  I'm actually just adding 50k to The Orphan Queen, which I started back in the summer of 2011.  I finished Part One just before November started; now, Part One is almost 130,000 words, so it's actually a whole book?  But I'm just going to write the whole thing before I worry about books vs. parts and the idea of a series and all that jazz.  Right now, I'm stunningly in love with the whole thing, and it's going exactly as I want it to go, and I love all my characters and think I'm brilliant, &c.  This is often what happens when I'm in the groove on writing, and it's kind of funny to me, because I think it's just my brain psyching itself up to spend all this mental energy on this one thing.  Like I justify it to myself.  "Yep, spending a couple hours again today writing, doing it on my break and at lunch and secretly in the back, but it's okay, because I am a genius!"  IDK.

Really, though, I'm very excited about it.  I feel like maybe after Part One gets a spit and a polish after November, I'd like to have some beta readers take a look at it, but I'm afraid if I get negative feedback it would throw a wrench in the works as far as bustling ahead on the rest goes.  We'll see, I don't know!

We replaced the light in in our bathroom with a light-slash-fan, which is quite nice as we didn't have a bathroom fan before and showers were steamy.  We also replaced the light sconce thing above the sink.  (The old one got all rusty because of aforementioned lack of fan.)  It was a two-day project, and I use the pronoun "we" a bit freely, as I don't know anything about wiring, and there's only so much room in the bathroom, so I wasn't very hands-on myself.  Dad spent a lot of time in the attic replacing wiring and getting everything set up, and we bought him a cake to thank him.  :)  So improvements continue, slowly.  My sister did tear down the remaining nasty half-rotten, moldy walls in the basement, so that was fun!  Baby steps, baby steps.


Oct. 6th, 2013 11:11 am
kungfuwaynewho: (b5 delenn)

Okay, so things haven't been that bad, but September wasn't the greatest month for me in a lot of ways.  But they're all kinda boring ways, and to enumerate them would be to throw myself a pity party which eh, so onwards!

The one good thing that did come about last month was that we finally replaced our basement stairs.

Our inspector had told us that they weren't the best, but we kept putting it off because it's quite an endeavor, especially for a bunch of people who have never built stairs before.  In taking the old ones down, we realized that the bottom of the stairs wasn't even attached to the concrete floor; the whole staircase was just resting on the ground.  Three nails were holding the stairs up at the top.  That was it.  So now at the very least we're not facing our deaths every time we go down to do laundry!  As you can see, we also put up some paneling between the stairs and the basement wall, where we wouldn't have room to put up a real framed-in wall and drywall and all that jazz.  The eventual goal is to finish two rooms in the basement, but we need to put a wall on the other side of the stairs so we can put in a railing and finish that up, first.  Then comes replacing the wiring and tearing down the last of the half-ass rotted out walls that are down there!  Yeah!

The other item of note this past month was our trip to St. Louis last week to see Sigur Rós in concert.  The concert itself was fabulous, but I ended up with a migraine that very night, which is just profoundly and cosmically unfair.  I ended up going to the concert anyway, after my sisters and our friend had already left.  I had the front desk at the hotel call me a cab.  And then I got to cross something off my bucket list!  "Throw up out the open door of a moving cab."  Such fun.  But I got there and I didn't die and I did get to see the show,  which was perfect and flawless, as one would expect.

Continuing to work on my novel, printed out last year's script for a revision, and starting work on a new script.  That about sums it up.
kungfuwaynewho: (xf umbrellas)
It's been a couple of action-packed days.  Thursday night we left straight from work to go see The Cornetto Trilogy.  Such fun!  It had been years since I'd actually sat and watched either Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz from beginning to end, and of course doing so on the big screen with a theater full of fans is the best way to rewatch something.  I went with my sisters and some friends, and we had a ton of fun.  And we ate a ton of food!  Because of course we went to the Drafthouse.  For Movie #1 I had a coupon for free popcorn, which I had smothered in real melted butter.  For Movie #2 I had fish and chips, and my sisters split a chips and queso and an amazing grilled cheese sandwich we plan to recreate ASAP: sourdough bread, white cheddar, caramelized onions, bacon, and apple slices.  For Movie #3 we all got milkshakes (Mexican vanilla, chocolate peanut butter, and chocolate espresso), and then one of my sisters and I splurged and got fresh-baked cookies, too.

This was of course a huge mistake.

OMG, we were all SO SICK Thursday night.  I was afraid my little sister was going to throw up first in the parking garage, then out the window as we drove home.  I was afraid I was going to have to make myself throw up.  (I hate vomiting more than just about anything.  I told my other sister in the morning that I didn't because I didn't want to wake them up, and she was like, thanks, because your dejected sobbing definitely would have woke us up.)  I was just so uncomfortable, and like, how could I be so full when I didn't feel terrible while I was still eating?  Ugh.

Anyway, The World's End was GREAT.  Really, really funny, from beginning to end.  Eddie Marsan was incredible; I don't remember seeing him before in such a broadly-comic role, but he did it so well.  We're probably going to see it again this weekend with my dad.  During the first intermission, we had a trivia contest; during the second, there was a drinking contest.  For The World's End, they brought us all twisty straws (you'll understand when you see it), and then coasters and these weird mouthpieces.  My little sister immediately stuck hers in her mouth, and we were, I'm not even joking, like hysterical laughing for the next five minutes.  The Alamo guy came over and took a picture of her.

Then yesterday, we moved little sister into her freshman dorm.  Kansas City has been having a really mild summer, so of course yesterday it was up in the 90s with no breeze to speak of.  Thankfully it wasn't too busy and we got up there early.  She's got a single, lots of room, pretty nice all things considered.  After we got everything unpacked and mostly put away, we walked to campus and had lunch at the student union.  Then my sisters went to scout out where all her classes were going to be, while I stayed in the union and read.  We met back up and returned to her dorm, hanging some posters and stealing cans of pop from the outdoor break station.  (Her mini-fridge is FULL of pop.)  Then it was to my parents to visit, then to my grandpa to visit, then we came home and promptly went to bed at about 9pm.  I slept HARD, for like 10 hours.  It was intense.

So today I'm proofing an audio book, cleaning house, working on my het bigbang (2k words finished, 8k words to go!), and generally relaxing.  A boring weekend.
kungfuwaynewho: (xf yappi)
That awkward moment when you're out and about and someone comes up to you all, "Well, how are you doing, lady!" and tell you news about themselves and are all smiley and happy and you have to make some small talk and they tell you about someone else's news and you have to respond and then they leave and you HAVE NO IDEA WHO THAT PERSON IS.  Like, who are you and who is Tonya, I don't know, but I guess I am glad that you're now working at GM and good for your long paid vacation!  (I don't know who you are.)

So yesterday my ear finally opened up, and of course I got one of those day-long headaches that won't go away no matter what you do.  Just screw you, head, really.  Just screw you in general.  I am done with you, head.  I'm waiting for my tonsils to go next or something.  But thank you everyone for your well-wishes yesterday.  Much appreciated.  Sometimes it's just good to whine, you know?
kungfuwaynewho: (tng picard bw)
Ugh, this week.  For almost two months, I've been fighting off an ear infection.  My ear would start to close up, or it would start to get sore, and I would up my Vit C and take some decongestant, and things would go back to normal for 3-5 days, then the cycle would begin again.  Last week, it became clear that the battle was over.  It was like there was some sentient ear infection imp living in my ear, determined that I would get an ear infection, damn it!  Tuesday the ear was completely closed, and really started to hurt, so I called and made a doctor's appointment.  By the time I saw my doctor the next day, the swelling had begun.

For those of you who are lucky enough to have never had a severe ear infection, the swelling is the best part, really.  My neck, where the Eustachian tube starts; the ear canal; behind the ear itself.  By Wednesday night, the side of my head was so swollen that I couldn't chew, I could hardly open my mouth, and it hurt to smile and even swallow.

And then the pain, oh, the pain.  I'm not even exaggerating when I say that Wednesday and Thursday was in the top three worst pain I've ever had in my life.  Thank GOD, my doctor gave me ~*~hyrdocodone.  But even that was really only effective for about two hours.  I was supposed to take one every 6-8 hours, but those two days, if I made it 4 hours, I was very proud of myself.  (It was so bad Wednesday night that at one point I was actually hoping that my eardrum would rupture just so the pressure would relent.)

By Saturday afternoon, the swelling and most of the pain was finally gone, but as of today, the stupid thing is STILL closed up, and it's achy and tender.  I have this horrible premonition that I'm going to finish out this round of antibiotics, and then it's going to go nuclear again.  Siiiiiigh.

It was kind of embarrassing, when I googled home remedies, that everything I read was like "your baby probably has an ear infection if she's tugging on her ear and crying!"  It's just sort of undignified to get an ear infection as an adult, let alone one that's bad enough that I ended up calling in sick to work three days in a row.  Blergh.
kungfuwaynewho: (tng gasp)

Hello!  Yeah, so.  Um.  It's not like anything happened to me?  I just quit posting for a bit.  Here's the quickest recap ever:  I finished all my screenwriting (including an episode of Hannibal!) by June 1st, then promptly deflated for two weeks.  Job #2 had a slow-down, so it was pretty magical, to come home from Job #1 and just watch TV or go on walks or play video games.  It's been awhile.

And then?  Unfortunately there's no real reason why it was an additional month before I roused myself to post and return to LJ.  It was like, every day I'd say I would make a post and try to catch up on my flist, and then every day I just didn't get around to it.  And then it became this TASK, this ever-increasingly insurmountable TASK, and I just started putting it off.  Stupid, I know.

So yes.  I've missed everyone terribly.  If you start seeing a flood of comments from me, that's why.  If you don't see a flood of comments from me, that doesn't mean I'm not interested in what's happened to you in the last almost two months, just that commenting may end up being too much.  But if anything major has happened, let me know here!

What finally shook me out of my doldrums?  The Emmy nominations.  Sweet Christ.

Read more... )


Apr. 25th, 2013 10:20 am
kungfuwaynewho: (ad ahh)
Ugh, I've been so bad about posting and reading my flist in the past few months, which is to say, I basically have been doing neither.  I haven't been posting because I pretty much have nothing to post about - I work, and then I work, and then I write, and sometimes I do laundry and clean house.  I occasionally eat.  And it's not like I had been slacking off all year to find myself with my back against the wall come screenplay submission season; I have been writing steadily and consistently since September on the two scripts I'm submitting this year.  But this always happens anyway, and it's a particularly bad one this year.

I am really, really happy with the script I wrote this year, though.  Definitely the most polished first draft I've ever put together.  One of those where once I got the idea, the main plot was just there, ready to go.  There was some work on details and the nuts and bolts of scene building, but I didn't have to futz about with "oh how should this end" and "all right, I have a story, now what's the character arc and theme?"  So that was exciting.

I'm trying to get a revision done on a script I wrote last year; I didn't finish it in time for the first two competitions, and I'm very doubtful I'll get it done for Nicholl on May 1 (considering I'm on page 21, ahahaha).  But I should definitely have it done for AFF on June 1, and considering that's always been the competition I've done best at, that's what I'm primarily worried about.

So I'm going to start trying as best I can to catch up on like a three month backlog of flist; if you find a cascade of comments from me, that's why.  (And if you don't, that doesn't necessarily mean I didn't read, but just that I may have become overwhelmed in trying to comment on everything.)  I missssssss you guys, though.  I've felt very isolated lately, because obviously I haven't been really able to go out and do stuff with IRL friends, either.  Once a week I've been going out to eat with some friends from my writer's group, and that's kinda been my social lifeline.

(Sadly, one thing I've really, really missed is having the time to write fanfic.  I have all these stories in my head, but no time to write them down.  As soon as I'm past June 1, I'm definitely going to set aside a certain amount of time a week to write just for myself, just for fun, because whhaaaa.)

To add something of substance to this post: the first clip from the new season of Arrested Development!  I'm so excited I can hardly stand it.
kungfuwaynewho: (black books)
Is there anything better than watching an award show, eating chocolate, and drinking wine?


And I've got horchata and cold-brew coffee working in the fridge, and bread dough rising on the counter, so tomorrow's gonna be awesome, too.  Though no awards show tomorrow.  I'll have to eat bread and drink iced coffee while, like, reading about the Golden Globes.

I don't understand the show Girls?  Everything I've seen of it looks awkward and unfunny.  And I'm not here for the body shaming of Lena Dunham, but dear God she styles herself so unflatteringly.  Blech.

This awards season though, it's so bizarre.  Ben Affleck wins the GG for best director but isn't even nominated for an Oscar whaaaaat?  It makes no sense.  I do feel like Anne Hathaway and Daniel Day-Lewis are pretty much set in stone at this point; if Lincoln gets BP/BD at the Oscars, then maybe Sally Field sneaks in.  But I don't really see a viable dark horse candidate in Actor, so DDL gets number three.  Actress is tricky; it's definitely between Lawrence and Chastain, and having the category division at the GG doesn't help clarify matters at all.  I'll be interested to see what happens at SAG.  And Supporting Actor is just completely up in the air; Waltz isn't nominated at SAG, so he won't be carrying any momentum forward.  Arkin's the only nominee from Argo, so it depends on what kind of support that movie has from the actors.  Tommy Lee Jones?  Again, depends on how much Lincoln pummels its way through, I think. 

Watch Philip Seymour Hoffman win, lol.

WOW ARGO WINS I was not expecting that.  I don't know why not, after Affleck won, but I wasn't.  Interesting, interesting.

I feel like there is going to be a lot more interest than usual in what the guilds end up doing; the Academy Award ballots were due before the guilds announced their nominations, which I think accounts for a lot of the weirdness this year.  So if Argo takes home PGA, for instance, that's a huge deal.  (OMG, if Affleck wins DGA, I don't even know.)  I think bottom line a lot of people appreciate that Lincoln's good, but I don't really see that many people all that passionate about it.  And Spielberg's not really winning all that much, honestly.  I kinda am thinking that DDL is going to end up the only major win for Lincoln; but again, my guess may change depending on the guilds.

Wow that was some unexpected talky meat, sorry.  I just really like awards you guys.
kungfuwaynewho: (ad gob angry)
I was baking last night, I had nothing else for my brain to do, so I had some epic imaginary fights in my head.  To quote the sages at ONTD, I was spilling tea and throwing shade, and it was marvelous.  Sometimes in imaginary fights, the other person bests you at every turn and nothing goes right; last night did not go like that.  I was brilliant and perfect, my stingers perfectly timed, everything escalating into the absolute perfect hissy-fit you never manage to actually have.

Both imaginary fights involved the same person, which I'm assuming is a hint from my subconscious.  Whom in this instance I must picture as James Callis from Bridget Jones's Diary, standing at the side of a boxing match, holding onto the ropes, screaming, "Fight! Fight! Fight!"

I wish.  I really do wish.
kungfuwaynewho: (ad gob angry)
Today was pretty much the epitome of them, so I won't bore anyone with the details.  I've spent a lot of time musing on the difficulties of communicating in a 100% text environment, along with the conflicting urges of "apologize again to make things better" and "yell back even louder to be the one who wins."  Will likely just leave it at a stalemate.

LIMS motto: Make the exact same icon as everyone else, and you will succeed.  (Yes, being voted out this early did hurt my feelings for real, and yes, I am bitter about it.)

Also, re: writing 10 pages a day for a solid week?  So far we're at 4 pages over 2 days, so suffice it to say that's probably not going to happen, hee.  It didn't help that I struggled for a solid hour on how to write a single scene and came up with the brilliant solution of "that scene sucks just don't write it." 

Of course, it doesn't help that after working an eight-hour day, I come home to work some more.  Being able to work at home and in my jammies notwithstanding, a second job is still a second job.  I definitely need the money, but boo, today is not the day.

To end on a less woe-emo note, Fiona Apple is playing in Kansas City, MO on July, 17.  My sister has already said she won't go with me, so now I'm trying to find someone else to go.  But if I don't?  Gonna see her by myself, because Fiona is queen.  I'm already pre-excited about the concert. 

Also, I got three compliments on my nails today and one on my hair, so that made me feel marginally better. :)

Now to eat some Easter candy while I make dinner, eat my dinner while I do twenty minutes of internet things, then back to work.
kungfuwaynewho: (bsg chief anders helo)
I need everyone to keep their fingers crossed today!  Actually, I don't want that to read as some ambiguous "think good thoughts" thing, so at some point during the day, for me, just, like, literally and actually cross your fingers.  Anytime.  At lunch, after you've brushed your teeth, as you're letting the dog out, whatever, just...cross your fingers.

I'm not saying why!  Just do it!

Also, [livejournal.com profile] sonneta, you still have a prompt/request to give me, should you choose, from your amazing comments on my screenwriting thingy.  Drop something here!
kungfuwaynewho: (b5 john huh)
I wrote this big long entry about how I haven't been able to write any fic in awhile, beyond a few crappy paragraphs here and there, but it was boring and whiny even to me.  I was rereading for typos before posting and I was like, shit, this is the epitome of no1curr.

So instead I am going to ask a fandom-nonspecific question, in the hope that the answers will help me figure something else out.  And, you know, be interesting to read besides.

What is your all-time favorite ship?  Why?  And what was the moment/scene/episode that made you feel really invested in that relationship?  And if you can't narrow it down to one, just write about two or three.  (But not, like, ten.  Commit, you wishy-washy girl.)  (Unless you're a boy.)  (Do any boys even read this?)

My pick! )
kungfuwaynewho: (b5 brig)
Last night I was futzing around in Photoshop, trying to do something with the brig reunion images from War Without End - which are just so dark - for a wallpaper.  And wonder of wonders, I actually ended up making something pretty!  Usually I have a real struggle with wallpapers because the palette is so much larger than an icon, and I find it tough to know how to arrange multiple images.  But this actually worked; I was very pleased.  Now I just want to make one more so that I'll have five for my [livejournal.com profile] babylon5_love graphics post next week.  So far, I have an S1 wallpaper, one with all the major characters, and two John/Delenn.  Any ideas?

From [livejournal.com profile] rivendellrose :

Ask me my Top Five Whatevers. Fannish or literary or otherwise. Any top fives. Doesn't matter what, really! Fandoms, books I might get around to writing one day, women in my fandoms, ideal holiday destinations, goals for the future, celebrity crushes, books I wish would be made into movies, love songs. And I will answer them all in a new post (or in comments).
kungfuwaynewho: (b5 logically)
Started work this past weekend on my [livejournal.com profile] babylon5_love fic, which has to be done by Saturday so I have at least a little time to edit before I post it on Sunday.  It's going to be close.  It's turning out to be much longer than I had expected, probably because it's a lot more plotty than the fic I've written up to now...in that, there's a plot. 

I'm pretty happy with it so far, though.  It's ~scary~, which is fun.  For those of you who don't know, I've spent the last five years writing two movies about murderers, so I quite enjoy writing dark and gruesome stuff.  It's interesting, trying to tap into the things that scare most of us, and how to make those old tropes fresh, especially when bringing them into an established fictional world like B5.  I think it also prompts one of my favorite things about fanfiction, which is creating new situations and then asking, okay, I know these characters, how would they react to the situation?  It's not dissimilar to original writing, in the sense that until you know your own characters the same way you might know the characters on your favorite TV show, and can just write down what they would do, and not come up with something for them to do, your work isn't finished.  You still have more to learn about them. 

I'm finding what's holding me up more than anything is my limited canonical knowledge.  I mean, I just finished watching the show the first time through.  I really sped through the last three seasons.  I keep having to run to the wiki and check facts - nothing major, nothing that really affects the plot, just the kind of details that if you get it wrong, it's a glaring mistake to someone who's more familiar with the show, and that's the last thing I want, obvs.

Still, it's fun.  I'm also trying to make at least one icon a day, for my icon post later this month.  Running into some of the same problems; I know generally what cap I'm looking for, but don't remember the specific episode, so it's reading the Lurker's Guide and the wiki and randomly scrolling through my files; ugh.  I'm getting there, though.


Jul. 3rd, 2006 10:05 pm
kungfuwaynewho: (audrey)
So, I'm trying this out on a provisional basis. I'll obviously just simulcast for a while, because I don't actually have enough going on to post different things in different places.

No, seriously, I got really, really pissed at Blogger today. Heh.

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