yuuago: (Spiritual - Marzanna - Close)
2017-07-25 08:31 pm

Misc: Driving, rainbows, YiH, & personal venting

☆ Driving once again leaves me frustrated. I have difficulty lining up the vehicle when parking, and of course my father is no help. "You just have to line it up along the imaginary centre line and -" Dude, if you didn't notice, I have difficulty with spatial processing... grumble, grumble. Yes, it does indeed look like another professional lesson is in order - with the last one, we didn't have much time to practice parking at all. Something to focus on for the next....

☆ Pleasant surprise today: RAINBOW CROSSWALK. Saw it from the bus while I was heading to work. Looks like Pride YMM's request was granted. I'm so glad. It's just so nice to see. ...Part of me is like "Just wait, it'll be vandalized before the end of the week" but - hopefully that won't actually happen, and when I go downtown on Saturday morning I'll be able to get some pictures of it. <3

☆ Year in Hereafter: Fuck yeah, the print version is finally available! *_* Via gumroad. I'm very happy about this. <3 It'll be SO nice to read it through in print... Paper format is just so much more to my taste. (And shipping isn't as much as I thought it would be, which was nice.) I had been thinking about paying for a second set to do a raffle, similar to what I did with the SSSS book, but I don't know if that will be possible at this time for various reasons. ...Anyway. Comic-wise, we're moving toward the pages I have seen previews of. 8) I am extremely excited. 8) EXTREMELY.

Trivial personal former relationship venting )
yuuago: (Norway - Tea)
2017-07-23 06:26 pm
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(Various) Stuff and nonsense etc

☆ So, I took Karo's drawings down to the framing place! And I did not die! Amazing. :D The woman who runs the gallery/frame joint was very helpful, and it wasn't any trouble to find a suitable matting/frame for those. (Also, she kept gushing about how adorable the Small Trolls painting was, heeeee.) And now that I have this, I'll be able to switch into this frame any future drawings I acquire that happen to be in A5 size. (Siiigh, I really wish I had more display space....) And now that I've done this, I think the next framing project will be to get a proper frame for that one I commissioned years ago from my pal Nunuut (this one); I still love it so much, and the cheapass frame it's in really does not do it justice.

☆ ALSO I discovered that the gallery/frame shop... is also a yarn store. ?!! I didn't even know we HAD a yarn store here. And they have all kinds of LOVELY things, including some Alberta-sourced alpaca yarn that I've been interested in trying for a while, and -- well. This is wonderful and terrible. xD Easy access to expensive yarn? Awful! (Awful for my wallet, that is.) But it's nice to know that I won't need to place an internet order if I want to buy some new needles, at the very least. ...And this reminds me that I reaaaallly should finish the project I have on the go. And block the one I previously finished. Oh dear.

☆ I've had to raise my Camp NaNo goal several times this month. Currently at 10k, and I'm only about 400 off from hitting that... I'm so pleased, even though I feel like I don't have a lot to show for it. :D I have so many drafts that need editing, oh dear....

A list of those, for the record )
yuuago: (Small Trolls - Jáhko - Doze)
2017-07-21 09:25 pm

☆☆☆

☆ I'm thinking about trying to write something to submit to NorthWord. It's a fiction/poetry magazine (well, they call it a "literary journal") published bianually here in Fort Mac. The theme for the next round of submissions was announced earlier this week, and I think it's something that I can work with. Normally, the idea of being published gives me the willies - and in fact, even the idea of submitting to this publication makes me a little bit uncomfortable. But it's an obscure magazine with a very limited circulation, and if I use an alias to submit, then there is roughly 0% chance that anyone I know would ever read it or hear about it, if my work is accepted. So, it's just a matter of slapping together some publishable poems - easier said than done, of course, but it wouldn't hurt to try. And of course I need to decide whether to submit under my name but request it be published under alias, or... submit completely under alias (both options have advantages/disadvantages). Well, I can worry about that detail later.

☆ So, I hear that the Dream Daddy dating sim has finally been released. Not gonna' lie, the more I hear about this game, the more I want to play it. Coziness and m/m romance and terrible puns? Yes! My experience with the genre is limited to Hatoful Boyfriend and, uh... Angelique (and in that case, it was an incomplete fantranslation, heh) so it isn't something I'm terribly familiar with, but it sounds fun. It unfortunately won't run on my main computer, but I can work around that. I've stumbled over some spoilers about one of the characters already, and while the particular detail I saw is very minor and doesn't really have anything to do with the story, it makes me even more interested than I was before. The only thing that bugs me is that apparently the game is 18+, which I hadn't realized at first. That bit is kind of a turnoff. But, oh well, everything else about it sounds great.

☆ I've been an absolute ball of nerves lately. It's so annoying! I feel like getting anything done is taking 50% more effort than it should. :| Go away, anxiety monster, go awayyyyy.

☆ Note to self: Bring those paintings down to the framing place tomorrow. There just really is no point in half-assing this.
yuuago: (Frozen - Reindeers are better)
2017-07-19 08:14 pm
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Well, I've set aside my time off to go to Victoria in September. That'll be nice. It'll be great to just be somewhere else for a while. I'm looking forward to doing absolutely nothing. Relatives keep pressuring me to go somewhere that I haven't been before instead, but... honestly, I can't think of anything that would be more stressful right now than to go somewhere new.

I have Friday off, and I'm really looking forward to getting my Rare Slash exchange fic finished. Man, exchanges are fun, but I'm feeling a little bit burnt out. So, I'll just noodle around with my own stuff for a while after this.

Though, now that I think of it, it might be nice to do a fic trade or two. (Or trade fic for art, perhaps.) I like the way me 'n Grey did it once or twice - decide on a fandom + pairing, and then throw each other three short prompts or so, and pick one. Can't remember what our minimums were - 500 words + 2 weeks to write? Not sure. Anyway, it was fun and stress-free, though I wouldn't want to do it very often.

Lately, I've been listening to an audiobook of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince... This is one of those HP novels that I read only once (unlike the first three), so I'd entirely forgotten the plot. It's kind of fun to experience it for almost-the-first-time. From what little bit I do remember, I recall finding the interaction between Harry and Dumbledore kind of dull, but this time around I'm really appreciating the scenes they have together, sifting through old memories in the pensive. There's just something about those bits, hard to put my finger on precisely what I like about them... It might be, I think, that they both obviously need something from each other, and it's nice to see them actively working together on something.
yuuago: (A Redtail's Dream - Best friends)
2017-07-17 08:38 pm
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Braindump

I swear, you look at some photos of pysanky once, and Pinterest becomes convinced that you have some kind of egg fetish. IT'S NOT EASTER, LEAVE ME ALONE.

Finished the draft for my Rare Slash exchange fic. Now I can breathe a little, yay. Though I won't really be able to breathe until it's finished and uploaded. I think this will be the last exchange for a while - I can't think of anything that I really want to do in the near future, except for Trick or Treat, which is still a while away. There are lots of personal things that I want to work on right now (and treats for others, possibly...)

I went driving for the first time in a while - and wore my new glasses, of course. Oh man, what a difference! My prescription is very slight (can't remember what it is, but - very borderline) and if I were an experienced driver, I might not need them. But, never mind. It's such a relief to be able to see everything clearly. Hopefully I'll be a little more confident now. I still hate driving - especially pointless driving for No Reason. It makes me want to finish my library books as soon as possible, just so I'll have an excuse to drive somewhere with a purpose... xD Actually, that's not a bad idea.

Oooh also, my mate Scout did some lovely art of Marzanna for me! Voila. (Unsure if they still have slots open, but they might, worth giving a poke if curious.) ...I think that Slavic mythology stuff might become that thing that I request when I want to commission somebody but can't think of anything specific. xD It's pretty cool to see the differences in interpretations.
yuuago: (Denmark - Smile)
2017-07-16 10:26 pm
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I find it kind of hilarious that after a busy weekend, I still feel as if I've done nothing.

It took a friend saying, "Dude, you cleaned your house from top to bottom, and wrote a ton of fic" for me to realize that... Oh. Right. I did do something. (A lot of somethings!)

Funny, isn't it, how minds work. See also: am currently in a state of zero (0) chill. None whatsoever. (It'll be fiiiine... I just... need to calm down a little. Somehow.)
yuuago: (A Redtail's Dream - Kantele)
2017-07-11 08:55 pm

Life + PokeGo + Music rec

Well, today was... something.

☆ There was a call to help sort and pack food and clothing donations for the BC wildfire evacuees, so some of us left work for a while to work on that. It was ridiculously hot out, but that's all right. We were able to get a lot of boxes packed, at least. It was put on a truck that's heading to BC overnight - not sure where specifically, but I'm assuming the Kamloops area. Other trucks have already left, driving through the night to get there. I don't know if we'll be doing more of this tomorrow, and even if we are I don't know if I personally will be able to go, but at least we could put something together.

☆ PokeGo: I participated in my first raid battle over lunch! There were a bunch of Mystic players over by the gym near my work, at just the right time. The battle was... interesting... I've been meaning to do a proper entry about how I feel about the new system and so on, but I'll have to save that for another day. Anyway, it was nice! They were very friendly! They organize via Facebook, mostly, it turns out. I have no plans to resurrect my Facebook account, but who knows, maybe I'll run into them again. But the most important part here is that I had an unplanned social interaction and Did Not Die. ;V

☆ Music rec: Started listening to Le Vent du Nord recently, after chancing to hear their stuff on the radio. They're a folk music group from Quebec; very much to my taste. Ahh, so good! Currently stuck in my head is "Élise", which is lovely.
Embed under the cut )
A few other songs that I've liked: Noces tragiques, Toujours Amants, Le Coeur de ma Mère, eh... well, everything I've heard by them was good, actually. :D The first song I came across was actually one that I can't find on youtube - "Chaise Artente", from Têtu, their most recent album.
yuuago: (SweNor - Get lucky)
2017-07-10 09:33 pm
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Thanks for the well-wishes, everyone.

Today went pretty well. I'm full of cake. (It was chocolate! With lots of whipped cream!) And also very tired. Updating the age on all of my profiles is going to have to wait for another day. xD

Busy week coming up. Rather... busy rest-of-the-month coming up. I feel like I want to disappear into the void, or maybe a swamp. e_e Not in a bad way, though. There are just a Lot Of Things going on, with like, due dates and such, and I wish I could ignore it for a little while.
yuuago: (YiH - Sakari - Fresh air)
2017-07-09 06:40 pm

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☆ Didn't manage to get my glasses this weekend. Turns out that the office was closed, even though they're usually open on Saturdays... grumble, grumble. Looks like I'm going to have to leave work early on some day this week in order to go pick them up. What a pain in the ass. I just want my glasses, man. :(

☆ British Columbia is dealing with kind of a craptastic wildfire situation right now, mainly in the Cariboo region*. The Red Cross is taking donations*; I'm not sure which other organizations are involved. The situation isn't comparable to what happened in my city last year - 8k evacuees here, vs 80k last year - but it still really sucks. Seeing this stuff on the news is... hard.

☆ YiH: So, it looks like we're getting an update this upcoming Friday*. I'm assuming it will be the start of actual regular updates again, considering Karo has the rest of Ch05 done, but we'll see. I'm really, really looking forward to it, at the very least. When I was checking a detail today, I ended up just re-reading a huge chunk of it, and now it's so hard to wait. xD ...Speaking of which, while I was sifting through my WIP pages, I came across that fic I started a while back, and to my astonishment it doesn't suck terribly badly. So, I ended up finishing the draft of it. Turned out very differently than what I initially wanted, but that's fine. (It was initially going to be much longer, for one thing.) Wonder if I can get it finished before the update? We'll see.

☆ I finished that long SSSS OC fic I was working on! HOORAY! ...It is 9 pages. I do not want to type it up and edit it. At all.

Don't ask me how my rare slash exchange fic is going. >.o
yuuago: (Small Trolls - Veeti - Reading)
2017-07-05 07:50 pm
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Life stuff + Book rec

☆ I received notice that my glasses came in! Unfortunately, I can't pick them up until Saturday because of work, arrrgh. I want them now...! Just so sick of being all squinty. Not to mention that it's embarrassing to go into a cafe (or, well, anyplace like that) and not be able to read the behind-the-counter menu without help. Eesh. Just... a few... more days... x_x

☆ Did some measuring and realized that the watercolours I received are on sheets with Euro sizing (or, well, international sizing), which makes plenty of sense considering where they came from. Problem is, all of the easily-available frames are US sizing. HMMM. Might need to look for an alternate solution here. Was hoping for something where I could easily switch 'em out of the frame at will, considering I only have space to display one at a time, but... eh. Now that I think of it, maybe I should take 'em to the local frame joint to see what my options are. I've been meaning to go anyway, since it's attached to the art gallery, which apparently exists (I was not aware we had one until recently; it's kind of in a weird part of town).

☆ My birthday is on Monday. I really wish my parents would stop bugging me about it. "But what do you want?! Don't you want to celebrate, don't you want gifts, don't you want to dooo anythiiiing...." Look, not to get all "I have no need for material possessions" here, but - I have no need for more material possessions. I already have everything I could possibly desire. And the last thing that I want to do after work is, well, anything. Just let me have some cake and then leave me in peace!

☆ Quick book rec (can't be bothered to do a proper Reading Wednesday): Medicine River by Thomas King is excellent. It's a slice-of-life story about a photographer living in a small city near a Blackfoot reserve in southern Alberta. It's full of vivid characters, and stylistically, it's really easy to get into. I'm not finished it yet, but I expect I will be soon, because I'm having a lot of difficulty putting it down. Compared to King's other books (at least, of the ones I've read), I think I might place it closest to Green Grass, Running Water, though this one doesn't have any supernatural elements to it. (GGRW is also excellent, please read it if you haven't already, it's REALLY good.)
yuuago: (SSSS - Vesa - Guelder-rose)
2017-07-03 07:23 pm
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Long-weekend braindump

Canada Day went pretty well, aside from being ridiculously hot. I went downtown to go to the farmer's market, which I don't get to go to often enough because it's usually on when I'm working. Ended up buying a lovely hand-woven mat to use for tarot. It's gorgeous, I really love it. (Photos next time I do a reading, perhaps...) Also picked up some really delicious bread (seriously, it's so good, it's... really hard to stop myself from just eating the whole loaf, it's that good). Some cedar and sage incense, too; never worked with loose incense before, so I guess I'll have to figure out the best way to burn it.

I hadn't planned to stay for the parade, but it started up while I was down there, so I ended up watching. Most of it was rather mediocre - nothing like what Drumheller puts on; they always did a great show - but Pride YMM really went to a ton of effort with their float, so bright and colourful and delightfully flamboyant and (of course) covered with rainbows, and I clapped super hard for them. <3

And... I'm glad that the whole 150 years celebration thing is over with, so things can go back to normal. It seems as if everybody around me was geared up for it, but I was so overcome with melancholy for unrelated reasons, I just couldn't dredge up the energy to care very much.

One really great thing about having the house to myself for the weekend, aside from getting peace and quiet to write, is that it means that I can start doing chores from the moment I get up, without anybody acting like it's weird. ("7AM is too early in the morning to be washing the floor," my family says. Nooo, it isn't!) And that's great, because I was a complete anxious mess this morning, and I was able to deal with that by taking it out on something useful, for once. Cleaned this place from top to bottom, and it feels so good. I even vacuumed the ceilings, or at least the ones that are low enough to reach. ...And by the time I was done, I'd calmed down enough that the thing I was worried about wasn't bothering me any more. <3

I'm nearly finished this one SSSS OCs fic that I've been working on. Well, nearly finished drafting it, anyway. It's probably going to clock out at 8 or 9 handwritten pages, which is a lot longer than most of my stuff tends to be, so I'm kind of pleased about that, even if I didn't intend it to turn out this way.
More about that, just putting my thoughts in order )
yuuago: (NorIce - Rest)
2017-06-30 07:56 am
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July 1st tomorrow.

I should be in Drumheller, preparing for tomorrow. Getting ready to celebrate both the 150th anniversary of Canada's confederation and my grandmother's 80th birthday on the same day.

But I'm not, because she's gone, and it's an awful lot of kilometres to travel just to visit a gravestone.

I feel like absolute crap, and I'll be glad when tomorrow is over.
yuuago: (SSSS - Emil - Shrug)
2017-06-28 09:58 pm
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Pff, wow. Was that ever a case of "open mouth, insert foot". Like, the entire foot. Not just a little bit of it. The whole damn thing.

...That sounds questionable.

Ah, well. I said something stupid, and Did Not Die. The "did not die" bit is the important part.
yuuago: (A Redtail's Dream - Be with you)
2017-06-25 09:24 pm

Random things -

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

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

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

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

☆ I get so much joy out of seeing people get excited about their OCs in SSSS fandom... I can't put my finger on why, but it just makes me so happy. Not to mention, of course, that when people actually sit down and write these things, it opens up so many worldbuilding possibilities. Fun! (Also, I guess, seeing such enthusiasm in others makes me feel like less of a weirdo.)
yuuago: (SSSS - Emil - Shrug)
2017-06-25 01:39 pm
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Stress stress stress stress stress stress stress.

Why? No reason in particular. Lovely.

Fuck everything. With a rake. Up the ass. Without lube. Rake-end first.

Ahhh brain-of-mine, what am I going to do with you?

Whatever. I'm going to go for a fucking walk. Maybe that'll clear things up a little.
yuuago: (YiH - Mika - Comfortably share silence)
2017-06-21 07:40 pm

Various + Webcomics things

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

✿ Aaand... Jáhko and Veeti are getting a cameo in the Odie comic, and the preview of that panel delights me. Voila. They look like they're on a date -- [/cough] I MEAN - well, yes, my shipping goggles are permanently welded to my eyeballs, but whatever, it makes me happy. As much as I normally dislike modern mundane AUs, I might or might not have dropped about 800 words on something inspired by this, and fully intend to finish it. I guess for every rule, there is an exception. xD It's a nice opportunity to draw on the "soulmates across universes" trope, which also isn't necessarily my thing, but for these two, it's just perfect.
yuuago: (SSSS - Lalli - Rest)
2017-06-17 10:10 pm
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Zzzzzz

Verrrry tired this evening, hooo boy.

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

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

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

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

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

Next week is going to be busy.

Kind of wish I could sleep through all of it, but well, you know....
yuuago: (DenNor - Be with you)
2017-06-13 12:56 pm

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Received news at work that we're going to be doing an extended maintenance season. What this means: We'll be super busy until August, maybe September. What this also means: I will be busy as hell for longer than expected. (And exhausted, too, as a result, of course).

I know I shouldn't complain - and I am grateful to be able to get overtime auto-approved in this situation - but hoooo boy. I am going to be so tired. It's a good thing this is happening during the summer; I don't think I'd be able to make it through without being able to take sunny evening walks.

Anyway! The Multifandom Drabble Exchange is in noms period - see [community profile] multifandomdrabble for schedule/info. Normally I wouldn't take on another exchange, but I think I'm pretty capable of turning out 100 words in a week. ;) Is anybody else thinking about participating?

Putting this down here so I won't forget )
yuuago: (A Redtail's Dream - Together)
2017-06-08 07:46 pm
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Looks like it's bear season again. There were some warnings about them on the local news; some had been spotted in the airport parking lot. ...I hope it was possible to remove them, rather than kill them. But who knows.

None have been spotted in the birchwood yet, but I guess I'm going to have to take my whistle with me every time I go in there. Just in case.

Speaking of the birchwood, last weekend I tried to find the trail to my usual clearing, and I... couldn't find it. I lost it? Somehow? I guess with everything in leaf, it's harder to see, but pfff do I ever feel foolish. But I was pressed for time, and wasn't able to double back and take a closer look for anything I missed - maybe this weekend I'll have an easier time with it.

I've been thinking about taking my harmonica out early-early-early in the mornings and practising a little in there. Or going downtown and doing it by the river. It's hard to find places where I can play it without bothering people. This might be a solution, at least for the warm months. I just... really, really miss playing it.

To-do list for the weekend )