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Jun. 22nd, 2013

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A couple of quick updates:

--I've changed my tumblr url. Now it's sylph-of-the-sepulchre witch-of-the-sacred-heart, because Homestuck has eaten my brain and I find a ridiculous amount of comfort and guidance in my Sburb title. (My new icon is my trollsona, Pomona. I don't intend to use her for anything except a silly avatar.)

--More importantly, I GOT MARRIED LAST WEEK! I'm now Mrs the Bard. :P H.P. Lovecraft hath dubbed me such. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2vWdvCnG5U

He proposed to me at Con-G in Guelph back in February. It was a big spectacle! I wasn't expecting it at all--apparently the entire con staff and all of our friends knew, but I was in the dark up until he called me up in front of the closing ceremonies crowd. :D I thought he was just going to film something for Radio Dead Air, but instead, he told me to come up and gave me the ring. I don't even think I said yes, I think I just threw myself onto him and hugged him :D

And then we got married last week. My mom, grandma, and stepdad came up from NC to see it, and my friends from work did, too (and one of them helped me make wedding cupcakes! they were tasty). After the reception, we went back to our condo and beat the shit out of a pinata with a bokken. Or, well, our friend Tom kind of accidentally beheaded it. Either way, we got candy! Boy, do we ever have candy. There's still a hat full of it sitting on the end table here in the living room @_@

Other than that, domestic bliss is rad as hell!

Jan. 6th, 2013

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I went and got me a Tumblr! http://sailor--gallifrey.tumblr.com/

I'm mostly just posting my old pictures from my trail crew days and nostalgia-tripping on 'em. But I also sometimes reblog cute pictures of animals. Or Sailor Moon things.

In other news, I have a new music addiction! I can't get enough of Voltaire lately, hahahaha XD

Dec. 26th, 2012

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Christmas was swell! Got a lot of nifty stuff, got to spend it with Best Boyfriend, had dinner with good friends, plus--the best news of all!--Dad says he's gonna quit drinking and start exercising regularly. Which was the best present, because I've been worried about his health all my life, and it just got worse after he and Mom divorced and he lost all his interests and hobbies.

But now he's going to try to quit, for the first time in his life, and go back to some of his old interests, like exercising and chess.

I may be grown-up and no longer living with Dad, but I'm super-excited to have my old dad back, the one who would go running on Sundays, play chess with the neighbors, and had energy and smiled often. I lost him after the divorce and feared he wouldn't come back, but I'm hoping he returns with this new and exciting path Dad's taking now!

In other news: I also got some new icons! I have been sucked into the black hole that is Homestuck. (Terezi is best troll. Jade and Roxy are best kids.) So I grabbed a couple of icons straight from the comic.

Dec. 5th, 2012

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Boyfriend asked me what I want for Christmas this year. The truth is, I don't even know!

When my parents ask me that, I usually just ask for clothes, because I could always use a new sweater or socks, but I don't think Derek wants to comb through the women's section of Sears trying to figure out what dress I would want, so I won't ask him for that XP

I really, honestly don't know what else I could ask for, though. This has been an amazing and excellent year, and I have pretty much everything I ever could want. I toughed out a shitty summer, and now I have a job that pays pretty well, I work with nice people, I'm within spitting distance of my long-held goal weight (goal weight is 180lbs--I'm at 190, according to the gym scale!), I have the best boyfriend in the world, and I live with him in a super-nice place! I'm away from a very toxic environment I've been kind of mired in for a good deal of my life, I'm getting better, and I'm happy with everything for once!

The only complaint I have is that I would quite like a little window garden. I know how I would set it up--we have a perfect window and a table in front of that window. But we're not sure if the cat would knock everything over, so that's why I haven't gone and set it up myself yet.

Other than that, though, I'm good!

(I might ask for something frivolous. I can very rarely bring myself to buy frivolous things for myself. Maybe I'll ask for more of the updated Sailor Moon manga or something XD)

Nov. 29th, 2012

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Today was hideously unproductive, but fun!

Since Derek and I both had the day off, we decided to visit the Chinatown malls. No real reason, I've just never been to Chinatown. We bought some cool-looking movies and I was introduced to the marvels of the gashapon machine. I got three cute little plush Pokemon keychains! (Lapras, Spinda, and Pachirisu. Spinda are fairly useless Pokemon, but they're SOOOOOOOOO cute.)

We also visited an anime store at the very edge of Chinatown. Found some wondrous things. Like the knockoff Sailor Moon cats in all colors of the rainbow. The pink one, I can explain--the little cat from Parallel Sailor Moon was pink. The green, orange, and red ones, though? Yeah, I got nothin'. I also bought the complete Pretear series for only $20! It was a steal, I'm so happy :D

They also had some cool regular Sailor Moon merch, but nothing I wanted to clutter up my side of the bedroom with. (Although there was a rad Princess Serenity binder I would have LOVED when I was 12.)

Derek also took me to visit a pie shop. I had a red velvet cupcake and it was amazing. Then we visited a cool music store. Got a Doors DVD I've been wanting for quite some time on the cheap. We also found the complete Sapphire and Steel series for $20! That also made me happy, because Derek and I have been looking for that at a good price for ages.

Was gonna buy some socks at Honest Ed's, but we didn't find any I liked. Would have bought jeans, but Derek informed me they run very very small, and the place doesn't allow exchanges or refunds, so I decided not to risk it. We did buy some Christmas Jones Sodas, though, as well as a tree and stockings.

Then we had dinner at a little local burger place and it was delicious.

All in all, a great day!

Nov. 28th, 2012

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So few fucks do I give about this story now that I have devoted the last several thousand words to Atiya and her friends playing Scrabble.



Nov. 24th, 2012

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Still plodding along on NaNo. Still hating everything my wretched fingers pound into the word processor.

I can't wait until NaNo is over and I can get back to Grave Times, which I have all the energy in the world for (still!)

I was so enthusiastic for this project, outlined it so thoroughly, then I derailed it in the first chapter @_@ I need more time to work, at my own slow and steady pace, rather than speed-writing absolute bullshit and stressing about wordcounts and daily goals. That's why it's taken me almost four years to get Grave Times to a place where I'm actually satisfied with what I'm doing. I'm a horrible perfectionist and things have to be JUST the way I need them to be, and each story has a different set of requirements.

It reminds me of Meatloaf's Paradise by the Dashboard Light... "And now I'm prayin' for the end of time, so I can end my time with you!" @_@

(I'll go back to the story someday after I stop hating what I've written this month and completely start from scratch.)

This is probably why I was able to thrash out last year's bullcrap so easily. It was a bit of frivolous nonsense about cheerleaders in the apocalypse. I was just doing that for laughs. Though I like the characters in that story, I never meant for it to be serious or close to my heart. I can't do the serious, deeply personal project that I had planned in a month, and I realize that now. (I guess that makes me no better than the Left Behind authors I piss and moan about so much! I feel terrible about that, believe me.)

Maybe I should have gone with my YA project about mummies and girl reporters instead, since that was also fun frivolousness as well.

Nov. 19th, 2012

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At last, I've managed to crank out some writing for this project that I don't absolutely hate! @_@

It's about Atiya again. Perhaps I should make her the central character instead, since she's the only one producing any worthwhile and interesting material in this story @_@ And she's just serving tea and shortbread cookies to the traumatized! Everybody else is doing "cool" stuff, but I'm about a million times more invested in what Atiya is doing with her tea set and her beloved father's old Thinking Chair.

Shit, maybe the last 20k words will be all about Atiya making shortbread cookies, catching up on the back orders for her online modest-fashion business, and her quirky safety-fussy family. Before his death, her father gave her about a metric fuckton of safety equipment and supplies just because he worried about his only child living alone in such a big city, especially one that gets blizzards and hurricanes every year or two.

...the more I think about it, the more I just want to write a story about Atiya. Come the revision stage, I might just axe everyone else and make it about her entirely, for serious.

Nov. 15th, 2012

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aaaaaaaaaaaugh I am not doing well on NaNo this year @_@

I'm perfectly up with my wordcount, but I'm really struggling because I hate everything I've written and want to go back and fix it.

Except Atiya's introduction. She will serve you tea and shortbread and you will fucking like it.

I still really like her first scene, and would keep it no matter what. Everything else, though? aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaugh. Cringing, for reals @_@

I just wanna go back to my precious baby (Grave Times!) at this point. I have a lot more ideas and energy for that right now, and I just want to work with those characters again.

Derek's encouraging me to finish NaNo, so I suppose I must (you know that I hate disappointing people more than anything else in the known universe, except maybe cucumbers). I don't know how, though, because I just don't feel the ideas and energy coming for this one anymore. I have an outline, but I can't fill it in the way I've been doing for Grave Times the last couple months.

Some change a few days makes, huh?

argle flargle blargle

In other news: I've started reading Homestuck. I resisted for ages, but I find it to be creatively-told, with lots of interesting concepts executed in really engaging ways, and it makes the most of its medium, which I'm always a sucker for. (Also, Nepeta and Feferi are best trolls.)

Nov. 11th, 2012

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Working hard on my NaNo project. Some random things have changed in the course of my scribblings. For one thing, Kurome now works at the Red Cross instead of being a bartender, and Sheena is now loud and bossy instead of being shy and quiet like I intended her. But I like these changes, so I'm running with them XP

I'm still about a thousand words ahead of where I need to be, so that's good. I also have most of the week off this week, so I have all the time in the world to work on this shit XD

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