2017

Jan. 1st, 2017 08:27 pm
kungfuwaynewho: (bsg laura texture)
Happy...new year?  It doesn't really feel like we're getting a fresh start, does it?

Last year, my one main resolution was to start journaling every single day, in a paper journal, writing with a pen.  I have never EVER before IN MY LIFE successfully done a resolution, but goddamnit, I journaled every single day last year.  I went downstairs to my writing desk, I turned on my lamp, and I wrote a journal entry.  Some were quite short - a paragraph, a dry recitation of the events of the day; some were longer - more introspective, putting grievances and worries into context.

Having a successful resolution under my belt, I've decided to do another one.  I've posted on here several times, over several years, how much I miss being part of fandom, and having more regular interactions with everyone.  I joined an icon community, I don't know, around six months ago, and have participated in fits and starts, but it never really felt like a group thing like some of my other landcomms in the past have.  To try something, to jump-start being active and online more, and because I miss writing fanfic full stop, I'm going to try to post at least a drabble a day for the whole of January.  If anyone has any prompts or requests, feel free to throw them at me; no guarantees, though.

Battlestar Galactica: Silence )
kungfuwaynewho: (b5 delenn)
Read more... )

So I've obviously been terrible about updating again.  It's been for a few reasons, all of which I'm very aware of, but it doesn't seem to make much difference.  For one, it's been summer reading at the library, so I've been very busy at work.  But I think more importantly are two things going on at home.  Firstly, I've really made an effort to not get on my home computer much.  I'd developed a very bad habit about coming home from work, where I'd often been on the computer all day, and just getting on the computer again for the rest of the evening.  But secondly, I've been doing a daily journal this year.  A lot of the time, once I write about my day in my journal, there just isn't the impetus to write it all up again for LJ.

Of course, part of it is not really being involved much in any kind of fandom, either.  I was doing pretty well with making icons for [livejournal.com profile] theiconthrone there for awhile, but that's fallen off my radar, too.

I continue to miss LJ, especially my first couple years on here; I miss having messages to respond to, and having assorted amounts of fun.  I don't know - it just seems more difficult for me lately to make the time for it.  I always go to bed each night thinking of all the things I didn't get done; there just isn't enough day for me anymore, it seems like.

(It doesn't help that I feel guilty for not keeping up on y'all's blogs.  Like, if I can't make the time to stay up-to-date with what's going on in your lives, what right do I have to post anything here and expect any of you to read it?  I have the oddest social media-related anxiety sometimes, IDK.)

Anyway, I'm going to try (again, as always, ad infinitum) to be a bit more dilligent about checking in at least weekly.  I need to, like, set aside one day in particular for LJ stuff.  Maybe that'll work, heh.
kungfuwaynewho: (ad gob angry)
Ugh!  Why are they discontinuing the only Apple product I like!

Soooo, if you haven't heard, they are discontinuing the iPod Classic.  This is a disaster.  I have a ton of music, and I want to put all my music on my device, because I may not know what I want to listen to on any given day.  Some days it's classical - and some days it's a specific kind of classical.  Or it might be soundtracks, or new music, or music from high school and college, or oldies, or classic rock, or WHO KNOWS.  I NEED ALL THESE OPTIONS AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES.

I also like not having to charge my device every day/every other day.

I also like just being able to use a scroll wheel, instead of having to actually look at my device, unlock a screen, go through apps and programs, etc.

I JUST WANT A REGULAR IPOD THAT JUST PLAYS MUSIC AND DOES NOTHING ELSE.

I mean, I have an iPod Classic, but it's about six years old, and who knows.  Anything could happen.  I could drop it tomorrow.  It could freeze and I might not be able to reboot it.  I could spill coffee on it.  (That has the greatest likelihood.)  The little port for the plug-in might get a little bent thing in it or something.  ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN.

So I needed to buy another one.  But it's not available to just buy online because reasons, and my local stores don't have any available, so I just bought one to pick up in-store at a Target like an hour away and it says my order went through but I will not believe it until I get my confirmation "your item is ready to pick up!" email and even then I will need to have it in my hands.

Just.

I hate you, Apple.

ETA: UGH I JUST GOT AN EMAIL THAT IT'S NOT AVAILABLE AT THAT LOCATION.  CHANGING MY PICK-UP LOCATION.  SO HELP ME GOD.

ETA 2: Okay it's available and ready for pick up at the other location, which is even farther away.  Blessings on that Target's family, blessings on that Target's cow.
kungfuwaynewho: (tng crusher profile)
Ah, guys.  It's been an emotional couple days.  I honestly feel as though I am grieving for a family member and not just an actor.

Unlike a lot of people my age, my first experience with Robin Williams was in Mork and Mindy.  I watched a lot of Nick and Nite as a kid.  As a weird, hyperactive child, I had such an affinity with Mork, though I wasn't remotely conscious of it at the time.  This might sound strange, but I really do feel like Mork was a positive role model for me growing up.

And then there was Hook, and Aladdin, and Jumanji, and Mrs. Doubtfire.  Hitting high school age, I saw him in more dramatic roles - Good Will Hunting, Insomnia, Dead Poet's Society, Awakenings.  (Dear God, was he wonderful in Awakenings.)

One of my little sister's favorite movies is RV.  Not one of his most critically acclaimed roles or films, not by a longshot.  But I've seen it probably ten times with her, and every time I watch it, the scene where he's typing up his report and climbing on top of things trying to get cell phone reception makes me laugh even harder.

There are still many movies of his that I haven't seen.  I think it will be a little while before I get to them.

I saw a comment somewhere yesterday that put it best for me.  Robin Williams wasn't just an actor, and he wasn't just a comedian.  He was a part of our culture.

I just miss him so goddamn much.
kungfuwaynewho: (community britta smokes)
I've been trying to cook more of my own food lately rather than relying on boxed stuff, and it's been pretty fun!  Some of the things I've made recently.

  • Homemade graham crackers.  I ended up buying graham flour online because I couldn't find it in a store - and then as soon as it did I found some, haha, oh well.  The dough itself was easy to make since there was no kneading, but rolling out and cutting the crackers was a little tedious.  Taste-wise they weren't really anything like packaged graham crackers, quite a bit more gritty from the graham flour, but still very good.  They were amazing broken up into a bowl with milk for breakfast.  I think I'm going to make another batch shortly for a fancy icebox cake.

  • Icebox cakes!  Easy to make, easy to adapt.  The first one I made was regular graham crackers, real whipped cream, a dusting of cocoa powder between layers and chopped chocolate-covered espresso beans.  Incredible.  The one I made this week was graham crackers, instant chocolate pudding and Cool Whip, with mini-chocolate chips.  Cheaper, easier, but definitely not as good.  I want to do one with Oreos of some kind - maybe mint - and then real whipped cream.  There's definitely a difference in taste that is worth the time and money involved in real whipped cream.

  • Granola.  I did a mix of rolled oats and rolled wheat flakes, with flax seeds, peanuts and almonds.  Baked the mess up with real maple syrup and honey, added in dried cherries and cranberries after baking.  There was some cinnamon in there, too.  I find it tough when making homemade granola to get the right temperature/length of baking combo so that the granola is nice and crunchy but isn't burnt, and this is as close as I've ever gotten to perfect.  Also great with milk in a bowl for breakfast.

  • Pan pizza in my cast iron skillet.  I used a standard pizza dough recipe that called for eight minutes of kneading, which is a pain since I don't have a Kitchen-Aid that can do my kneading for me, but the crust turned out great.  If you have a cast iron skillet and you've never made a pizza in it, I highly recommend it.  Assemble the whole pizza, then put the skillet on a burner on high for 2-4 minutes to cook the bottom of the crust - be preheating your oven as hot as you can get it in the meantime.  Then 10 minutes or so in the oven should finish it off, with maybe a minute or two under the broiler after that.  The "oven as hot as you can get it" is why I haven't done this in a few months.

  • Flatbread pizza on the grill.  Perfect way to do homemade pizza in the summer!  I made a very garlicky naan dough, grilled one side, then topped it with fresh tomato slices, mozzarella, fresh basil and oregano, sliced olives and some bacon.  By the time you're done topping the pizza the other side is about cooked, so it's a matter of closing the grill lid for a minute or two to melt the cheese, and you're done.  A sprinkle of grated parm and you're set!

  • Shakshuka.  This is one thing that didn't quite turn out as I'd hoped.  I'm not the biggest fan of unadulterated tomato taste, and thought the garlic, chilis and onion would make more of a sauce.  But I enjoyed it nonetheless.  Next time, though, I think I'll go with a more Italian vibe, poach my egg in a straight-up marinara.  All told, though, it's hard to go wrong with poached eggs.

What injury, you may be asking?  The problem is...I'm not sure.  I went jogging Sunday night, and as sometimes happens, my fingers got swollen.  It's a thing that happens, it's irritating, but it usually only lasts 5-10 minutes and it's not a big deal.  Monday morning, just my middle finger on my right hand was still sore.  Weird, but okay.  And it hurt on Tuesday.  And it hurt yesterday.  Today it's so sore that I taped it to the ring finger, almost more as a reminder not to use it than anything else.  (Typing this has been fun.)  I don't remember hitting the finger against anything, so I don't know - it's very strange.  Pain-wise it feels like a broken finger, but I've broken a finger before and like an hour later it turned a violent purple and swelled up a huge amount; neither of those things have happened at all.  Can you sprain a finger?  At any rate, I've been going back and forth on whether I should go to my doctor and ask for an x-ray or see if it just gets any better.

I feel like the whole thing is stupid, though.
kungfuwaynewho: (community)
In my last LJ post, I said I had started a new screenplay but it wouldn't be done in time for anything.  And that was true - I haven't written a single page since then, actually.  It's dead in the water at 30 or so pages; I'll have to sit down, actually write a fucking outline, and think about it.

But I did write a completely new, different screenplay!  I started like May 3, finished like May 30, just in time to submit to Austin Film Festival.  It was a comedy - I've never written a comedy before.  I didn't have an outline, a synopsis, even a log-line.  I just sat down one day and started writing.  On the whole, even if it's not the best thing I've ever written (and it's definitely not), it was just such a fun experience for a change, to have an idea and just go with it.  And it was heartening that I knew how to write a movie without having to actually write out all the technical framework first.  So quite fun.

Community was canceled.  I started watching in the beginning of S2, so I missed that first "will it be canceled or renewed?" crisis, but every season after that, I lived it.  S2, S3, S4, each time I was sure this was it, it was finished.  And then it would get renewed!  This year was the first time that I had been confident in renewal - the numbers were good, Sean Saves the World and The MJF Show tanked, #sixseasonsandamovie, etc.  I wasn't even worried!  And then.  And then...  So yeah, that was pretty devastating.  For the next two weeks, I would remember "Community got canceled" at the most random times and would literally get sad.

More work on the basement.  Closets framed in, sump pump framed in, a couple more walls.  We found a desk someone had put out for trash that just needs one drawer to be fixed up, new hardware, and a fresh coat of paint, so that's sitting in our basement waiting for my next big Project Day.

We also put in a garden!  It's doing really well so far, though I think we haven't harvested anything yet.  But having a yard feels more legit when there's a garden in it.

Community was renewed!  So I read the news, then I texted my friend, "YAHOO has picked up Community.  YAHOO.  Is this real?  It this a thing that is happening?  YAHOO."  Seriously, I had to read like three articles before I was convinced it was real and wasn't a prank or something.  I'm very excited, obviously, and glad to hear the budget will be the same; after my initial swoon of joy, I worried it would be all cheap and low-rent and such.  I know a lot of people have been disappointed with the show's last couple seasons (I mean, seriously, S4 was not good at all, really), but I wasn't ready for it to be over, and S5 was such a comeback, and like.  I'm happy.  :D

Worked a lot on The Orphan Queen.  I'm over 200,000 words now, and a lot of the random little details I stuck in here and there are finally paying off, which is so satisfying.  I guess you could say I do the George R.R. Martin style of writing when it comes to this novel, in that I plant a lot of things to sort of see what happens later on, knowing the rough end goal but not having a strict outline as such beyond that.  So when disparate threads come together, there's this wonderful click that just can't be recreated.  (Of course, that also means I sometimes go back and weed out things that didn't pan out, like some random love triangle-ish subplot runner that went nowhere.  But even that can be fun!)  It's turned into such a monstrously long novel, I just write and write and write and I make progress, of course, but the idea of ever finishing it seems very unattainable.

Someone plagiarized a wallpaper of mine.  That means I've made it in fandom, right?  They apologized and took their posts down, which is the best-case scenario, I guess, but it was still pretty frustrating, especially since I think they still don't quite understand why I was upset over the whole thing.  (Sadly, my overall reaction to the whole thing was being kind of sad that I don't really do graphics anymore.  I need to get back into that thing, even if it's just random icons here and there.)

I also had a falling out with some friends, but that kind of thing warrants a post of its own, I think, so suffice it to say I haven't been as social as usual.  I'm okay with how things have ultimately turned out, but that doesn't mean I'm sad when I think, "oh, normally I would ask so-and-so to come over, but that's not happening now, welp."  Such is life.
kungfuwaynewho: (b5 delenn)
•Watching Hannibal!  We rewatched season one, have been watching and rewatching season two; I've been reading all the recaps and comments and reviews and behind-the-scenes blogs and Twitters and jeez, not even being active in a fandom, just being a lurker, take up a lot of time.

•Watching other TV!  I think this is the first time since I was an undergrad that I have at least one show I watch every single day of the week.  It's...intense.

•Writing!  I've added about 30,000 words to "The Orphan Queen" since we spoke last, started a new screenplay (which regrettably will not be done in time for any of this year's competitions, but that's okay), and did a revision on a screenplay from last year.  I also dusted off some old fanfic and am trying to get some WIPs done.  (And I know I've said that like half a dozen times before, but I mean it this time.

•Yard work!  I have pictures I need to upload, but we planted a bunch of perennials by the brick walkway leading to our back porch, and spread out rock in our garden.  (The house had termite problems before we bought it, so we took out all the mulch when we first moved it, and have slowly, paycheck by paycheck, been replacing where the mulch was with rock.)  I also tried something I saw on Pinterest, making a little herb garden with concrete blocks, and it actually turned out good!  The stuff I try that I see on Pinterest always ends up terrible, but this one actually worked.  Pretty exciting for a change.

•Basement work!  We now have three walls up and drywalled, and we cleared all of our boxes out of the back "room" to prep that for work.  So now we have a support beam and air ducts to enclose, and the sump pump to box up, and some closets to put in, and then it should be pretty smooth sailing thereafter.  My dad has been replacing electrical as we go, and it's been quite neat to see him going from being super-nervous and freaking out about it, to becoming very confident in the work.  And it's nice to know we have nice new wiring when we get around to putting in new lights and hanging up a TV, etc., instead of fifty-year-old dusty jury-rigged crap.

So that's about it.  Boring, for sure.  But that's life, I guess.
kungfuwaynewho: (bsg baltar bored)
I thought it had only been a week or so since I posted last - time does fly.  I've actually been fairly productive this month.  I finally started a new screenplay, having not worked on anything screenplay-related since last June.  I started relearning a bit of French through Duolingo, which has been a fun little diversion thus far.  We'll see how long I stick with it once it gets actually tough.  (I was violently reminded of how finicky French is with articles, though, ugh.  After having not worrying about articles at all doing Latin all these years, it was a jolt.)

I need to get back working on The Orphan Queen.  I go through fallow periods with it, but even when I'm not actively writing, I am usually thinking about it.  I have a very clear sense of so much of what is to come, and I think one of the reasons I take breaks now and then is because I know how long it will take me to write all I have planned.  I think I end up feeling discouraged not at the amount of work, but that I can't just download the novel out of my brain.  I always worry that I'm going to lose something in the process - which is silly, because nine times out of ten I end up writing something I didn't expect, or dramatizing something in a different way than planned, and it's far better than what I had tumbling about in my head prior.

Day 5 - Least Favorite Episode of Favorite Show

Again, I'm picking a favorite show, not necessarily my single favorite show - mostly because I don't think I could pick just one.  The truth is, I don't tend to dwell on bad episodes.  I watch them, shudder, erase them from my personal canon, and never watch them again.  In this case, I can't even remember much of the episode, the plot details, character decisions, anything, really, so it's hard to actually justify, other than that I know I was tempted to turn the TV off halfway through, and I never do that.

Battlestar Galactica - 3x14 - "The Woman King"


I know it had something to do with some crazy doctor where the refugees were living on Galactica, and that the whole episode was rewritten at the last minute because they ended up cutting a long-running subplot, and that Helo is basically The Best and Greatest Character of Our Times throughout, and by the time the episode was over I hated him.  And that's pretty much all I remember!  But I know it was awful.

Day 5 - A dancing gif


kungfuwaynewho: (b5 delenn)
School Work was canceled today and tomorrow, so things are pretty A-plus around here.  We got at least 10 inches of snow today, maybe a foot - we haven't officially measured yet.  And it's STILL coming down like crazy.  We've shoveled the driveway twice, the last time just an hour ago, and it looks like there's already a fresh inch out there.  We only live half a mile from Grandpa's house, so we tromped up the unplowed road to have dinner with him tonight and to watch the KU basketball game, then tromped back down.  Both times, someone was out with a dog who was so rapturously excited to come play with us in the snow.  I fell down shoveling Grandpa's back porch, and then almost wiped out twice on our return journey.  (At the beginning of this winter, I vowed it would be a No Fall Winter.  I've fallen three times.)

Today we watched a documentary about the Oscars, which was pretty enjoyable, some Nigella, and then the first episode of Beauty and the Beast with Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman.  I vaguely remember watching it as a very wee child, and basically only remember how much I wanted Catherine and Vincent to kiss, so it was pretty fun to revisit that.  Tomorrow I plan to get more writing done - I did a smidgen today - and maybe try to catch up a little on my backlog of TV.

Day 2 - A show that needs more viewers

The Americans!  It's only got one season under its belt, but unlike a lot of first seasons, this was a show that knew what it was right out of the gate.  Two undercover Russian agents in Washington D.C. in the early 80s.  The Cold War, espionage, cons, costumes.  Fake mustaches.  And then there's like all this deep stuff about how it's like a ~cold war in their marriage.  Perms.  A really kicking soundtrack.  These people are really attractive, like for real.  And it just kept getting better and better, until the season finale, which was legit great television.  I am super-excited to see it come back, so now's the perfect time to do a quick 13-episode binge and get caught up - and help keep this awesome show on the air!



Day 2 - A sad gif

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: (b5 delenn)
I could have sworn I'd posted sometime more recently, but I guess not.

Anywho!  My November final NaNoWriMo word count total was 31,000.  Which I was totally happy with, and is a good, sustainable monthly average for me.  I'm at around 13,000 thus far, which is actually pretty good considering how much time I've spent editing Part One.  Which is still going on, as I decided after reading through it that I needed one more chapter at the end.  Originally it was just going to be 3-4 pages, a character-based chapter rather than a plot-based one, more in the line of an epilogue than anything else.  It's about five times that length now, and I finally finished it yesterday.  So now I need to edit/polish that up, and maybe give a quick once-over to the last quarter or so of Part One.

But it's coming along!  I'm well-pleased.

About halfway done with Christmas shopping.  I don't understand how it, like, sneaks up on me each year.  I've got three stores to hit this weekend, and my goal is to get up early Saturday morning and get going, try to beat the crowds, if that's even possible the weekend before Christmas.  I decided to make gifts for my co-workers, and was planning to be done long before now, but I'll have to finish them up tonight.  Mini-pallet coasters! Though I made mine with popsicle sticks, cut to length and then glued together double or triple thickness.  A box of popsicle sticks is a lot cheaper than buying like actual wood.  A pretty easy craft, even for someone as relatively uncrafty as I am, but it took much longer than I was anticipating.

I finally saw Gravity yesterday.  I'm glad I got to see it on the big screen, and it was a really great movie, and Sandy did a wonderful job, but I guess my expectations were way higher, because I wasn't particularly wowed.  Beautiful, and science-y, and it's nice to see a clear, simple, straightforward story for a change, but it wasn't the technological oh-my-God marvel everyone had blown it up to be.  But still very good, and the clear winner this year for SFX.

Speaking of awards, I'm pretty happy thus far with how the award season is playing out.  I don't really have a favorite I want to win everything, except maybe Cate Blanchett for Actress, and that seems in the bag.  I haven't seen a lot of the major contenders yet, either because they haven't come out (American Hustle, Her), I don't really care (Wolf of Wall Street), or I'm not comfortable seeing it in the theater and will wait till DVD (12 Years a Slave).  I feel like the upcoming Oscar nominations won't have a huge amount of surprises, but this year that doesn't seem to be a bad thing. 
kungfuwaynewho: (tng dancing shadows)
And only 300-some the day before that!  Right now I'm on track to hit 50k on December 11th, I think, which isn't too bad.  I have next week off, though, so I'm looking forward to at least one whole day spent inside, all by myself, a big thermos of coffee and something baked fresh, cats meandering nearby, classical music in the background, and I'll probably knock a huge chunk out.

That, or lounge and watch TV.  Either works, really.

I finally finished one of my big projects this last weekend that has improved my mental health considerably.  We have a very small "linen" closet next to the bathroom, but we don't really have a lot of linens and such, or extra towels, or whatever.  There were some sheet sets and some random fabric, as well as a bunch of assorted bric-a-brac.  I packed stuff up in a plastic tub and took it to the basement, then went through a box of papers and threw most of it away, and cleared out the majority of the closet.  We have no room for food storage in the kitchen, so there was stuff shoved everywhere, stacked on counters, stacked on the baker's rack we have for mason jars and tupperware and appliances; I moved all that food to the linen closet, and arranged it by type, and now everything's put away and accessible, and our kitchen doesn't look like eight grad students share the house anymore.  We also cleaned house and put up the Christmas tree and the Christmas decorations, so it's just lovely.

It really is amazing how much better a clean house makes me feel.  Like I'm just at peace now.

One of the reasons I only wrote 300 or so words on Sunday is that I started writing a John/Delenn fic.  Yay!  I got about 1700 words on it, and am feeling very motivated to having it finished and posted by Thanksgiving.  My goal for December is to edit part one of the novel, and finish my WIPs.  I have two chapters on Metamorphoses, one of which has been sitting at 75% finished for months; a chapter on Alma Mater; probably an epilogue on both of those; and then two or three chapters on Conquest.  I hate that I turned into that fic writer I hated that would start a series and just putter out and never finish.  The endings are there!  They're just in my head!
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.

Oop.

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.

Bullets.

Jul. 31st, 2013 02:34 pm
kungfuwaynewho: (tng data dances)

  1. I keep getting spam from some website called "Fingerhut Friends" and it's creeping me out.  What kind of serial killer person trophy nonsense?

  2. Yesterday was a very stressful day at work for many people in several departments, so I brought in no-bake cookies today.  It's kind of remarkable how chocolate, butter and sugar really do make you feel better, in like a spiritual way.

  3. We had to have some dude over to the house to fix our bathtub and I was like, I really need to keep my house clean just like all the time?  And not frantic "oh God someone's going to see my house" cleaning.  Though wow, we cleaned that house FAST.  All the shampoo and conditioner is still on the bookcase, though.

  4. I'm watching S3 of Breaking Bad right now, and the Skylar hate in the recaps/post-ep comments really make me sad.  It really demonstrates so, so clearly the way misogyny has just been internalized to such an extent that most of those people would likely strenuously object if you told them they were misogynistic.

  5. Seriously though, Skylar White is the best.

  6. Got the new Gogol Bordello CD in the mail yesterday.  (It's the best!)  Also got the order for someone else in the same box, with their order receipt and everything.  I emailed the company to let them know and haven't heard back, but I felt so bad at the thought of someone not getting their order.  I'm assuming they'll just send another copy to this other person?  I've never had something like this happen before.

  7. Really, Gogol Bordello.  The best.  Feast your ear-tongues!

  8. I'm afraid I'm not going to finish this fic in time.  :(

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.



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kungfuwaynewho: (b5 logically)
Still tinkering with my two features, trying to finish up this dumb sitcom pilot I'm writing (no seriously, it's dumb, I don't know why I'm bothering), getting ready to do a quick-and-dirty rewrite of my drama pilot from last year, and pondering writing a Hannibal spec.  AFF deadline is next Saturday, and as always I'm finding myself trying to do too much with too little time, but what the hell.

I signed up for [livejournal.com profile] het_bigbang!  I'm writing Jaime/Brienne this year, because while I have lots of John/Delenn fic ideas, none of them would support a 25k-word story, so.  Plus I'm not really finding the J/B fic I personally want to read, so that means I have to write it myself, right?

My sister and I are doing a very serious diet/fitness regimen, so right now I'm hungry and my legs hurt.  Whee!

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