Birthday countdown 2019 begin!

39 days ’til I turn 39!!

I promise I really am working on stuff. Two big projects (exchange fic and helping get this first TLY audiobook finished), which both more or less have deadlines, have been siphoning all my time lately… but I have gotten bits and pieces of other things done in between (next ASZz part, editing Seeing Red, and some site work). This state of things will probably continue until the two projects are finished, but that will happen much sooner than my birthday in 39 days :D

Day 8/8

I’m totally bummed that school is happening again this year. I know it’s only eight more weeks (+ internship), but I’ve been so delightfully productive over this break that it seems a crying shame to have to go back to doing all the things every day that are not things I’d rather be working on.

OK, today’s Sherlock episode was the sweetest damn thing I’ve ever seen.

It’s looking like I’ll finally have that HR chapter (the one I thought I’d get done last summer) up sometime this week. And I’ve done so much work on recordings! Nothing to show for it yet, but that’s the way of recording work. And HoH! My brain explodes of HoH! Why should I have to go back to school???

Clearly I am putting off the moment when I have to go to bed and probably sleep very poorly until I get up in the morning for school. Ugh, we even have homework due on Tuesday already. Seriously.

At least my cat is attacking my feet.

Well, it’s been a fabulous winter break. Ties were worn, money was made, food was eaten. Good times, good times. Now I will sink back into updating infrequently and ignoring things people say to me. Wish me well!

Day 5/8

Happy New Year!

I knew that if I got started with the New Year’s Eve festivities, I would not end up making an entry at all yesterday, so I took my tie picture in the early afternoon… and then still completely forgot to make an entry. Silleh.

So that’s yesterday’s tie. We’ll see if I get a picture of today’s tie before today is over. Anyway, we had our usual New Year’s Eve fun last night, and it was great. Yay!

I have been quite HoH-productive on this break. As previously, I haven’t really worked on any other story, but that’s OK. I did kinda want to solve my TLY problem before break was over, but it’s clear that this is not going to happen. One of these days…

The plan for New Year’s Day, as I believe I mentioned before, is for brother and I to watch a bunch of movies. Of course he has to get out of bed first, but I suppose that must happen eventually. Speaking of brother, here is a tale of previous times:

Every year, brother and I make sugar cookies and listen to the Worst CD Evar. OK, well, we like to do that at some point during the Christmas season; I don’t think we’ve actually done it every year. This year, despite being really busy, we did manage it. We used some cookie cutters Zombie Girl gave me at some point, and made a whole new array of hilariously ugly shapes. Laughing extremely hard (and not just at the WCE) is part of the point of this thing.

Mom, as usual, was not happy about the Worst CD Evar… she always comes in and complains about it, and also about the presence of cookies when she is on a diet. But we nevertheless made the cookies. And here is an excessive number of pictures of them!!

Sweetly reminiscent, something mother used to bake

Seventeen days ’til my birthday and The Posting Of All The Things. It turns out EA is closed that day. But instead of Bishop Castle, we will go to Santa Fe! That will be dreadfully exciting! The last time we went there (which was the only time I’ve been), we got stuck on the highway overnight in the snow in a car that was COMPLETELY impossible to sleep in. I got most of Notice written during that trying interval, but it left me thoroughly exhausted and not in the best state to enjoy wandering around Santa Fe the next day. This time, such a thing shall not occur!!

My top secret project that I will post on my birthday is 18/22 done. The tenth part is going to be by far the most difficult, so it’s a good thing I still have over two weeks left, heh. In rereading the nine parts that are finished thus far, I am incredibly pleased with this. Whether anyone else will be is a matter of question, but the author is extremely happy.

As for that new music video, I got through the first DVD last weekend looking for footage. I’ve been thinking that one other reason I may have discarded this idea back when I first had it was that the song lacks a certain feel to it that others I’ve used for MV’s have had. But lately I’ve been listening to it repeatedly, and I’m starting to get good mental images of how I want to deal with its construction. This may work.

Oh, speaking of work, guess what I’m in the middle of for ten days in a row. If I survive until next Thursday it will be a miracle, but I’m still happy brother has come to join me at EA. And all these extra hours will give me some extra money so I may be able to shop more correctly in Santa Fe ^__^

Last night I was up insanely late finishing homework that’s due at today’s lab. This wouldn’t have been at all a problem if I hadn’t had to work yesterday, ugh. At the moment I wait for brother to be ready to go, as he is to do a morning shift at EA today. I will play with camelids and then join him at work. SO FREAKING TIRED.

Another thing I have done today is posted the end of Seeing Red at ff.n, so all that’s left over there is Plastic for eleven more parts. Speaking of which, remember how I said that it’s the Quatre and Trowa parts that receive the least attention? Well, part 38, which is not actually about Quatre and Trowa, became, today, the first to get no reviews whatsoever before the next part was posted. So it may not actually be tied to subject matter at all, just natural lag. These are extremely important statistics XD

OK, so, at school, gross cadaver stuff you may not want to read.

Ima zenshin no saibou ga mizumizushiku sawagitateru

This latter half of the Vet Tech program is so much closer to real school, it’s astonishing. There is definitely one decent teacher and one obnoxious, repetitive, personal-space-invading, less decent teacher, but at least I’ve actually had to do some actual studying and deliberately set time aside for homework rather than getting straight A’s by generally ignoring everything. It’s a difficult life when you loathe college and simultaneously utterly disdain these fake schools that are your best alternative.

Friday’s cattle lab was pretty badass. We met a number of Brahman mixes and a very sweet little miniature Highland, and gave vaccines and physical exams. I have now shoved things into a rodeo bull that most people would never consider shoving into a rodeo bull. Don’t worry; we wore gloves.

Unrelated to cattle, I dreamed that I and a few friends (including Yahtzee, whom I encounter in my subconscious with unexpected frequency) were LARPing Dragon Age II. The story we were playing resembled the game in no particular, and I only know it was supposed to be DA2 because of some reference I made, while addressing someone apparently playing Bethany, to her character’s Deep Roads fate in the game.

Speaking of video games (and ceasing to speak of dreams since that’s all I had to say on that subject), I have canceled my WoW subscription. This causes me great sadness, and I will certainly pick it up again someday, but car payments have rendered me extremely poor lately and I enjoy eating food.

Writing projects have been going well. As I mentioned before, I can get some decent progress made at school during the more repetitive lectures, and Confrérie has been behaving quite well. Top Secret Project moves right along too; I’m 5.5/11 of the way through that. Oho, if anyone cared, they might use that number to figure out what this project is!! XD In any case, I am a bit more hopeful that both of these things may be ready for my birthday after all. This is terribly exciting.

So, speaking of posting things. I was waiting with some interest to see how many parts of Plastic at ff.n it would take before someone discovered that the entire story is posted elsewhere. The answer? 29.

And speaking of ff.n, look for some trolliness soon, because I’ve found my new Favorite Fic Evar.

OK, so, today on the way home from school, I saw this truck that was painted in a nice black and pink pattern, probably by some custom painter that got paid actual money to do this job. And on the back it said, in nice pink letters, “Silly Boy’s Truck’s Are For Girl’s.” I shit you not. I laughed so hard.

OH, SPEAKING OF LAUGHING SO HARD AND ALSO PLASTIC. So I’m rerecording Plastic, for various reasons, and yesterday I happened to have about twenty minutes free between school and work. I thought, Hey, this is a perfect amount of time to read one Plastic part! Only I forgot I was on part 49, which is Wufei’s first appearance and, in my humble opinion, possibly the funniest part of the entire story. I managed to come up with a Wufei voice without bursting out laughing, but when I got to the “live long and prosper” bit I seriously lost it. I’m really going to have to make an outtake track. This put me in such a good mood to go to work in XD

I think that’s all I have to say right now.

I live in the shadows where it’s been so hard to grow; I’m still a servant in a nobleman’s robes

So I survived my first week back in the classroom. One of my teachers actually seems like a fairly intelligent person so far, and a decent teacher, which is unprecedented at this school. The other teacher… ugh. I don’t know if I have the energy to describe her.

Everything has been mixed up for me for a while now because this place is poorly run, and at the moment I am still missing one textbook that I kinda crucially need, but in general things are going OK. Speaking of textbooks… did I mention I have one that weighs eight and a half pounds? That’s heavier than my cat.

During the more repetitive moments of lectures (no shortage of these), I have been able to get some Confrérie written — Wufei’s first appearance in the story, in fact (much earlier than his first appearance in Plastic!) With as homework-intensive as these classes are shaping up to be, it’s looking less hopeful that I’ll be ready to start posting Confrérie on my birthday, but this is part 10 I’m working on right now; if I go with a weekly posting schedule, even if I’d never progressed beyond part 10, that would give me a ten-week buffer… We’ll see.

And then there’s that other writing project (she says as if there aren’t about 1,000,000 things in her life that the phrase “that other writing project” could describe). I’d like to have that done by my birthday too, but that also seems unlikely. Once again, we’ll see!


Ugh, I get so tired coming up with post subjects

In-person school starts again tomorrow, and the awareness of this has been weighing more and more heavily on me with every passing hour for the last several days. I’ve been taking the opportunity to sleep in as frequently as possible, especially when cat is willing to curl up with me. OH CAT.

I never reported on last week’s tiny vacation, but there isn’t really much to say. Some perverse ant bit me. I got a super cute necklace. The End.

I’ve made some good progress on Confrérie, but I still don’t know whether I will have enough of it done to start posting it on my birthday. The mystery continues! Meanwhile, a new surprise project appear and bite me! Much like a perverse ant! So that has taken up some of my time lately too. It’s something I’ll be very interested to see the response to (or, rather, whether there is any response to).

Recording has also still been happening a lot lately; in fact, it’s how I’ve started most of my days: I get up, read until my voice gives, go do other stuff, then come back later when I have a voice again and record some more until it goes away once again. I am 35 parts into re-recording Plastic, 15 parts into Seeing Red, and have read nearly all my Saitou/Sano vignettes. I wish my voice wouldn’t give out at all; I could happily spend all day recording this stuff XD We’ll see how much of that I have opportunity for during school, though.

I dreamed that I and a couple other people (one of whom may have been my brother) worked at McDonald’s (of course) and were being sent by our manager (who was my cool manager from EA) to help out at another store. This other store happened to be on another planet, or perhaps a moon.

When we got there, the first thing we needed to do was order some food for ourselves to eat before we clocked on. It was obviously very busy, and I was sympathetic toward the gal that took my order. I got my food right away somehow, and took it outside to eat it.

Outside, there was a pavilion with tables, and also a swimming pool. There were two orcas in the swimming pool, which I thought was really awesome. I ate my Big Mac and chatted with some people, noticing that they had the accent of this planet or moon and figuring they could tell right away from my accent that I was from Earth.

But about twenty minutes passed and I had yet to be joined by my two companions. In the dream it never occurred to me that they might simply have gone to eat in a different spot, so I went back inside to look for them. They were still waiting for their food on account of the slowness of the existing staff.

Then I had this other somewhat mixed-up dream wherein I was supposed to go on a little vacation via Greyhound with my dad’s parents. But we were all cleaning something in some place, and this took up so much time I wasn’t going to make it to where the Greyhound would pick me up. Also I didn’t have any of the stuff I needed, nor even my cell phone, and had to dig dimes out of my pocket to make a short call on a pay phone to my parents.

Also there was another confused dream in which I was at my first day of school (tomorrow), and one of three or four people in the class that hadn’t come in scrubs. This was apparently OK on the first day, though there was no logical reason for it.

The teacher started lecturing, but then he stopped halfway and left the room. The program director, who was sitting beside me, explained that sometimes this teacher got frustrated because his lecture wasn’t going exactly as he’d planned, so he would leave to rework the lecture and come back after while. To pass the time, she showed me her super cool new dual-screen smartphone.

The teacher had decorated his classroom with a bunch of objects I recognized; after not too long I realized that they’d all come from this one restaurant I’d been to several times many years before. It had been a Chuck E. Cheese’s sort of place, with rides and games and stuff, only a lot quirkier. Given that some of the cartoons that played there were unafraid to touch on adult subjects, I wasn’t surprised that the place had gone out of business — but I was sad.

Scene change, and suddenly I was at that restaurant; no clue as to whether this was a flashback or if the place was suddenly back in business. I looked around at stuff, watched a bit of a cartoon that featured a golem discussing different things (including semen) one could eat on toast, and then found my way to the area where the prizes were.

Some of these prizes were a bunch of a BSSM merchandising. There was a package of pens and pencils with the characters on them, and a couple other things. There were several manga volumes, only they’d been translated from the French for some reason. I desperately wanted all of this stuff, but of course this was the section where everything cost eighteen bazillion tickets, and I had no tickets. In a place like that, you can always just pay money to buy the prizes (at absurd prices), but I had no money either.

Now I will do things.

But you gotta love ’em anyway. I don’t care what they say anymore.

The big fire should be fully contained by the end of today. Over 500 homes have been destroyed in this one, which is so many more than last year it boggles the mind. Yesterday the entire city was buried in a smoky haze that turned the sun blood-red and hid half the mountains. Fortunately, there’s been more rain earlier than last year, which is part of the reason (despite much more destruction) this fire has been more quickly contained than last year’s was.

Some bees have built a nest inside the seat of my bicycle. This is so strange to me.

I dreamed I was a seemingly all-powerful magician. I lived in a house full of roommates, and was making my way back to it across a neighborhood. I encountered someone’s overgrown back yard and decided to cause a million flowers to grow throughout all the overgrowth. My roommates made fun of me for this. Next I encountered the neighborhood’s emergency food storage area. Everyone always donated food regularly, but the place was very badly organized. So I used magic to organize it, despite being able to see trouble arising from this in future: the new organization packed everything in much more tightly, which made it look as if there was less food there, and people were going to think I’d stolen some. But I didn’t care. Then there was… Pac-Man…

I also dreamed that I was at a Michael Jackson concert, and my mom was directing his orchestra ^__^

Hey, have you guys ever had chicken and waffles? I didn’t even know this was a thing until some chips flavored thus appeared recently. Then I discovered chicken and waffles on a menu at a restaurant and had to try them. So. Delicious.

Bees. Bees. Bees inside my bike. Wot.

I’ve been playing Dragon Age II a lot recently, and it is awesome. I hear very little praise of this game from anyone else, and everyone assures me the previous game was way better, so I’m actually really glad I randomly picked up the second in the series first. Because I loOoOove it, and if Origins is even better, then that is amazing.

The thing is, I’m not very good at video games, and I encountered a battle I couldn’t win no matter how I tried. Seriously, I think I went through it, like, twenty times and finally just decided to start the game over and try to be better prepared for that battle the next time I came to it XD But last night I also called in an expert (i.e. my brother, who is better at video games than I am and probably more patient in general), and he won the battle on his first try, never having played the game at all before. So now I can keep making out with Merrill all day playing with that character. Yay brother!

Lately I have made some decent progress on both HR and Confrérie, and more than a little of that has been at work during slow hours. What a lovely job I have XD Also, I’ve been doing a lot of recording again because sometimes that bug bites me. I’ve started re-recording Plastic, though I fear that any long story will never actually get a finished recording because there will always be an new edit of the story to make the existing recording outdated before it’s even finished.