yuuago: (YiH - Sakari - Fresh air)
Wow, has work ever been stressful lately. Pardon if I seem a bit distant. (Or snappish, at times - I know I shouldn't, sorry.)

Anyway, just going to jot down a few things, cut into bits for convenience.

Stand Still Stay Silent )
Year in Hereafter )
Tistow )
Camp NaNo )

☆ Aaaand now, a music rec, since I was listening to CKUA today, and when I do that it's inevitable I'll stumble across something I like: "The Update" by Martin Kerr. Well, actually, I wanted to recommend "Better than Brand-New", which is the song I heard, and also the title of the album this song is on, but unfortunately I can't find it on youtube. Anyway, this guy is from Alberta (Edmonton, specifically) and I really like the sound of his voice. <3 "Mr. Liao" is another one that the radio played today, and it's lovely, though quite a sad narrative in this one. I think I'll have to look into his music some more; it has a certain something that's very much to my tastes.
yuuago: (Small Trolls - Jáhko - Doze)
Camp NaNo was good. Goal was 5k, finished out with slightly above 7k. I'm happy.

Finished 6 things this weekend, including some odds and ends that have been sitting for ages, and a few things that were not for the Synchronised Screaming challenge. That's pretty satisfying. Challenge/exchange writing is always fun, but it's important for me to remember to write things that are only for myself as well.

...And finish them. Um. Finishing is the hard part. (Especially since I just started another, oh well.)

I have a lot of replies pending (both here and... on other sites). Please pardon me, I'll get to it when I'm not exhausted. I did a lot of walking this weekend, and in addition to feeling like jello, I've been in a state of "could fall asleep at any minute" since Friday.

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Mar. 31st, 2017 09:09 am
yuuago: (A Redtail's Dream - Kantele)
✿ Noms for the [community profile] nightonficmountain close on April 1st, so if you're thinking about signing up for that one and haven't added anything to the tag set, there's still a bit of time. (NOFM is a multifandom exchange centred on rare/small fandoms, for the record. ...I'm going to request so much obscure stuff, hot damn.)

✿ Camp NaNo starts tomorrow. I'm VERY excited about it. As to whether I'll actually make my wordcount goal... that is questionable. Going to have to get into the habit of writing every day - again. This will be hard. ;V

✿ Random music rec: Í Tokuni by Eivør, a singer from the Faeroe Islands. I stumbled across her music recently, and ahhh she has a pretty cool voice. <3 Her sound is very... I'm not sure what to call it. Ethereal, I suppose one could say. There is also an English version of this song, Into the Mist, which will be released on the English version of her album Slør in late May (the Faroese version was released in 2015). I think I prefer her work in Faroese, and if I end up picking up one of her albums it'll probably be the original version of Slør, though she of course sounds great in English too.

✿ Tumblr user drepedetihjel drew fanart inspired by one of my SSSS poems about Ensi and Veeti (Second Sight) and I can't get over how cool this is. <3 <3 <3 (Note to self, link it in the actual fic post later.)
yuuago: (DenNor - Be with you)
☆ Went to the cafe near my place today. It was... kind of a weirdly emotional thing. I mean, yes, it's Starbucks, and I don't actually like their coffee. But like - it's the place where, before the fire, I went almost every weekend. They always remembered my name and my order. And today, when I went in there, the barista, she remembered my name. And my order. And she asked if my house was okay. And on the chalkboard, somebody had written, "We missed you, Fort Mac! ♥" And I just. Fff. FFFFF. ;;;; (The coffee still sucks though.)

☆ I can't believe I've never looked up Buffy Sainte-Marie's music before. Heard her name every now and then, but didn't really know anything about her. Recently, I came across someone enthusing about her, so I decided to give a listen... Turns out, her stuff is pretty up my alley. Nice! And holy shit, her discography is pretty big. I'm going to have fun going through this. For now, just going to rec Love Charms, one of her newer releases, from Power in the Blood. So good. <3 ...Jesus, she's 75 years old and still doing her thing: awesome music and activism. Life goals, man.

☆ Camp NaNo is going well. I'm sitting at 5k right now, hopefully will slap down more words tomorrow. Reaaallly not happy with the fic I'm working on right now, but we'll see how it goes. I need to get it done this week, so. I really should concentrate on editing some things too, though. I have so many drafts that I just - typed up, and then didn't do anything with, because I hate editing. (Not to mention, some of it is poetry, and editing poetry is even worse than editing regular fic, bah humbug.)

☆ We're going out for breakfast tomorrow. I'd kind of hoped to be able to get down to the library, but I don't think I'll manage it. Ah well, we'll see.... My cake looks good, at least.

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Jul. 3rd, 2016 09:56 pm
yuuago: (A Redtail's Dream - Be with you)
Today kind of sucked.

It was raining for a good part of the day - so much that part of town flooded; nothing too bad, but STILL. This isn't what we need right now. D:

My parents were making various levels of obnoxious/offensive/racist comments on and off all day for no particular reason. Well, they might have had a reason, but I'm sure as hell not going to ask what it was, because I don't want to know the answer.

I was in a bad mood overall, which wasn't improved by being stuck at home.

Aaaand Iceland lost against France at football. Okay, okay, that one's pretty trivial. And they did their best, and it's amazing that they got this far in the Euro cup at all. Still a bummer, though, especially since I didn't get a chance to watch that Iceland-England match, that one where everyone was saying they were playing so well.

But.

It's... okay. It's not that bad. Today wasn't that bad. I didn't have to go anywhere today, so I got to stay nice and dry. I have some really delicious tea. And I finished a fic that I've had in my wip folder for a while, and was ignoring until now. So, that's all pretty good.

Also, I've been doing Camp NaNo, and I'm off to a great start. Probably going to have to raise my wordcount goal, but for now, I'm just having fun ploughing through it. :D Aaand hopefully will finish a lot of those wips. (I have like, 20 things unfinished right now, it's terrible.)

And going in to work tomorrow will be nice, though I don't know if I'll be thinking that when I get there and find a huge mess of paperwork on my desk....

It's all all right. <3
yuuago: (Norway - Hush)
☆ Realization: Wow, I had no idea ginger beer had so much kick. My eyes are waaaatering and I feel kind of ridiculous, haha.

☆ So, I joined Camp NaNo. I'm together in a cabin with a few folks from [community profile] ssss. So far, better than expected - I set myself the entirely reasonable goal of 4k and kind of... blew through over half of that in three days. Um. I think I'm going to have to aim a little higher. ;p Though not too high, as I don't expect I'll have much luck finding time to write during the work week, not with the situation being as busy as it is. Still! Very productive weekend. I'm happy. I managed to make a lot of headway on some exchange treats, and completed a giftfic that I've had on the table for a while, so. All good things.

☆ aRTD: Shippy Joona/Hannu fanart now exists and I am utterly delighted. I was so overwhelmed with joy, I ended up writing commentfic, haha (both the art + my scribbles are over here). ...That was actually my request, and I completely forgot that I made it. I'm so glad that the artist didn't forget, though. :') MAN I never expected to end up shipping this so hard, buuuuut I totally do. Then again, I love "childhood friends get together" pairings, especially if one of the people involved is kind of prickly.

☆ It snowed this morning. I am not happy about it. Fortunately, it's been pretty warm and sunny lately, so I don't anticipate it'll stick around long, but... still. Ugh, snow!

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Nov. 30th, 2015 08:50 pm
yuuago: (A Redtail's Dream - Together)
☆ Aaaaand November is over! That's a wrap! Wow, this month went by fast. I'm surprised and amazed. Where did the year go?!

☆ Speaking of which, that means NaNoWriMo is over. I managed to write more than I ever expected - I had been aiming for around 10k, but I doubled that and reached 20k! Wonderful! It helps that I had a lot of exchange fics to work on, and the write-ins definitely helped too. But the habit of writing every day, even if it was only 100 words, was... effective. I think I'm going to ease up on that a little now, and focus on editing more than output, because I really want to get some of these drafts finished. (Though I managed to finish several already!)

☆ Good news: the local NaNo group has decided that the write-ins will continue. Which means... I suddenly have a social life. I. What? How did this happen? I'm really happy about it, but it's surprising. Regardless, I now have something to do every Sunday afternoon. Sounds good! Plus, we're moving the time slot up a little earlier, which means I'll have plenty of time to catch the bus after it's over - so I won't have to leave early, like I did a couple of times. ... I don't expect that I'll form any long-lasting friendships from this. But it's nice to have something to do every weekend. Plus, think of all the writing I'll get done!

☆ I'm all finished up with the gift I was writing for the SSSSForum's secret santa, so now I can plunge headfirst into editing all those Yuletide drafts. I have one with pending revisions thanks to Qichi (seriously, pal, I really appreciate it, there are a lot of things there that I would not have seen on my own) and then... it's a matter of editing the others. One will be tricky, because it's longer than what I usually write, and it has a lot of action. Pfuh. AND I started writing a fourth one on Saturday, so hopefully I'll be able to get that done. It's challenging in an entirely different way - diary format, which I don't normally write, and from a completely nonhuman point of view. Fun! But also difficult! We'll see how this turns out.

☆ Like I've mentioned before, I'm not signing up for [community profile] fandom_stocking this year, because I found last year a tad stressful for some reason. (I dunno'. Brains are weird.) But it looks like they're going ahead with it this year, so if any of you cool cats on my flist are going to participate, you should totally mention it in your journals so that I can keep an eye on it and see if I can fill some treats for you. <3

☆ Today has been very... up and down. In a lot of ways. I don't know why, but lately I'm finding it hard not to get irritable at people for the tiniest little things. Kind of frustrating; I don't like myself when I'm like this. Hopefully I'll figure out what's wrong with my mood and fix it, somehow. (A run might help....)

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Nov. 28th, 2015 07:58 pm
yuuago: (A Redtail's Dream - Comfort)
☆ I finished The Goblin Emperor and now I have a book hangover. More deets on that later, probably. (And now I can't decide what to read - because SOMEHOW, even though there are a ton of books in my room, I don't want to read... any of them....)

☆ My pal Lakonisk managed to get tickets for us to go to Eurovision. So, guess where I'll be going next May? :D Stockholm it is. Had hoped that I might also be able to fit in a short stop in Iceland to met up with Aino, but it's looking like no, at least to judge by some cursory poking around re: flights. Hard to be sure, but... hm. Ah, well. Stockholm will be nice, though - it's been too long. I'm really looking forward to seeing Lakonisk and Diplopod again.

☆ Final NaNo write-in is tomorrow. I'm looking forward to it. Managed to get so much writing done during this month; I'm kind of amazed at myself. Though, it'll be nice to go at a more relaxed pace... We bounced the idea back and forth of continuing the whole 'writing club' thing but there wasn't really any consensus. So if there will be one, we'll figure it out tomorrow. Not sure what I'm going to work on tomorrow... maybe that aRTD ghost story that I had going on; I've been poking at it a lot over the past couple days.

☆ Someone stole my mother's purse today. She was at the grocery store, had it in her cart, turned her back for two minutes. Gone. So, this evening has been very stressful and I've had to figure out what numbers she needs to call in order to file the report and get everything cancelled and replaced and blah blah blah. Ugh, I'm so angry. People are assholes. What kind of lowlife steals an elderly lady's purse?! Or anybody's, for that matter, but you know what I mean.
yuuago: (Netherlands - Oh?)
☆ Write-in #3 went very well. Still kind of iffy on whether I will make friends with these people, but I sure do find that we work well together. Continuing meetups post-NaNo seems unlikely, but I'm starting to suspect that I will be spending a lot of time at the library for writing in the near future. Sounds good to me.

☆ Anyway - worked on some Hetalia fic at the write-in; haven't done any of that recently, so it was interesting. Pairing was Netherlands/Japan, which is one of those ones that I like a lot but have a lot of trouble writing. Netherlands is easy enough, but Japan is a difficult guy to characterize. Also, started working on Yuletide treat #2. Going well so far. Should edit treat #1... it doesn't have as many problems as I initially thought, but it had a particular set of difficult scenes that need a lot of work done on them.

☆ Took a look at some fanpoetry I wrote earlier this month and... I did not hate it! Initially I hated it, but looking at it with fresh eyes, it's actually not bad. I'm pretty happy with it. Did some adjustments, needs a bit more tweaking, but that's all. The fandom is Ex Machina, so it'll probably go up only on [personal profile] roesslyng, unless I get brave enough to throw it on Ao3. I doubt that will happen. (Now, if it were SSSS or aRTD, I would not feel conflicted at all, seeing as those fandoms are so open to poetry....)

☆ Yesterday, worked on some Norwegian for the first time in about two months. It was... uh. Well. It sure was something. Mostly just futzing around on Duolingo. Remembered some vocab, forgot some others... verbs are always difficult, I always forget them, I don't know why. But I remembered more than I thought I did, which is something, I guess. Should probably do more norsk blogging on here, but most of the time my brain is like "ugh, no, why", so we'll see. Like, I want to do it, but I don't want to put in any effort. Um. Also, I decided to turn off the audio, after seeing discussions from native Norwegian speakers about how the audio is really, really inadequate and likely to teach mistakes... The audio questions were kind of making my computer throw a fit, anyway.

☆ Currently disgruntled because I lost a brand new pendant and I have reason to think that it is truly gone rather than scattered somewhere around the house. It had been in my bag, and wasn't properly secured, and since I've been out and about, well... Yes. The funny thing is, it's a charm meant to prevent the wearer from getting lost. Apparently that doesn't come with any guarantee that you won't lose it. ;p

☆ Have I mentioned that I really hate Christmas shopping? Well, not for friends, because my friends are wonderful and easy to buy for, but family is just. [/VAGUE GESTURES] Difficult. Argh. Well, hopefully I will get all my shopping done soon. Then I can just wrap everything and Not Think About It until the relevant day. :T ... I need to buy cards, too. (Must put that on the to-do list.)

☆ If you haven't listened to Walk Off the Earth's cover of Somebody That I Used To Know, you should, it's awesome.
yuuago: (SSSS - Signe)
Some personal nonsense )

I have another NaNo write-in to go to! On Saturday, this time. Wow, am I acquiring a social life? This feels so strange. Also feels good, though. I'm really happy about it. There was some discussion about continuing to do these things after November is over, because everyone in the group likes writing, but... well, it's a little early to say. But that would be nice. Or maybe I could continue to make the effort to go to the library on weekends... it really is an annoying bus ride, but we have a really, really nice library, so.

I, um. I might have signed up for Yet Another Fandom Writing Thing even though I said "no more events!!". The SSSSForum is doing a fanwork advent calendar and... yeah. It sounded like fun. Fortunately, the fic only has to be bite-sized, and I'm nearly finished drafting it already! Which is good, because I decided to volunteer to post on the 1st... oh man.

Oh, gods. Between Yuletide and other exchanges, I have so much stuff that's going to need to be proofread. Hellllllp, sob. (Um. No. Really. I'm going to need help. I don't care about full-on beta stuff per se, don't need somebody that knows the canons, but I need a typo-catcher at the very least; I can read over my work a dozen times, but small errors always slip through.)

Gah, well, that's something to address after I have edited drafts. I mean, it's not like I can send any of my drafts off to people at the moment, they still have tons of work that needs doing. I'll just... ignore it for now.
yuuago: (Norway - Hush)
☆ I went to the NaNo write-in. I did NOT chicken out! I did not get too nervous to go! ... Actually, I considered not going. But then I went. I probably won't make any friends out of this, but at this point, it's hard to be sure. (Though, some people there write/read fanfiction!! That's a good sign!) We're meeting again on Remembrance Day, so I'm looking forward to that. ... I'm really glad that I went. Though, ahahaha, apparently I still look much younger than I thought. One of them thought I was 18... [/drags hand down face] Well, I guess when I'm in my 40s, I'll be grateful for not looking my age.

☆ And aside from all that, it was good and productive and I wrote a ton. Like, three pages, maybe (by hand). For me, that's a lot. It isn't necessarily good writing - I'll have to revise it a lot - but it's at least there. It's easier to fix things if you have something to start with. And it's plot, so... y'know. Plot is hard. Very hard. So it's understandable that the first draft is bad. I'll fix it later. Upside, this Yuletide treat is like, 3/4 of the way to being drafted, woohoo!

☆ Speaking of which: Yuletide assignment = drafted. Now to start the editing process. :) Treat #1 is on its way to being drafted. And I have two more aside from that on my to-do list, but we'll see. I also want to write some non-Yuletide giftfics but it really depends on how things shake out, I guess. And I haven't even received my assignment for SSSS Exchange... that'll happen on Saturday, I think. (Christ, I hope it will be an easy assignment... or at least one where the recipient is clear about their likes. 6_9 Or at least, um, mentions who their favourite character is. That at least gives me something to work with. AaaaAAAHH JITTERS.)

☆ I now have a hannunvaakuna pendant styled exactly like the one Hannu wears in A Redtail's Dream and I feel like an enormous nerd. But this stealth nerdiness gives a little thrill, not gonna lie. Confession: What I really want is all of Hannu's dreamworld clothes. All of them. Especially his chapter 3 outfit*; I dunno, I just really like that long coat + turtleneck sweater combination (and those gloves!). Though I still think his Ch7 costume* is the best one. But I wouldn't be able to rock any of those looks the way he does. ... Man, that dude goes through as many costume changes as a magical girl. I LOVE IT. If I weren't so easily frustrated by drawing, he would be my go-to dress-up doll.

☆ While I was killing time before the meetup, I went poking around for gift ideas... Mélusine and I decided to do a gift swap just for the fun of it. I found a few nice little things, but I wasn't so sure, and I didn't have a lot of time. But I did find some possibilities. Next weekend, I'll print out the relevant PMs and do some real sleuthing. I want to make sure that this gift is super awesome.

☆ I have tea that smells exactly like marzipan. As far as I'm concerned, this is the best thing ever (I absolutely love marzipan). The taste is kind of eh, though - but excellent with honey! :D

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Oct. 19th, 2015 09:26 pm
yuuago: (A Redtail's Dream - Silence)
☆ Feeling a lot better today. Not 100%, but good enough. Seems like not doing anything on the weekend was the best idea, even if I wish it hadn't been necessary. I mean, a little downtime is nice, but not if it's... uh. Like that. Spending all day in bed when you don't want to is the worst.

☆ Today I made up for the fact that I did zero writing on the weekend. How? By pulling an entire fic draft out of the air. Not sure how that happened, but I'm sure not complaining. This thing is probably going to need a bucket of revisions, and it isn't even something I'm supposed to be working on (neither a current WIP, nor Yuletide treats - it's in response to a prompt meme) but I'm not about to look a gift horse in the mouth, so to speak.

☆ Since full-blown NaNo is beyond me, I decided to join [community profile] mini_wrimo. Now, this? This, I can do. 100-word minimum per day is something I can do. Well, maybe I won't be able to manage it every day. But I can try. Especially if I draft on paper - that means I'll be able to work on stuff when at lunch, too.

☆ I'm in the mood to skald All The Things. Which is... not so good... Self, scale it back a little, you don't need any new projects. (But I'm itching to do nitpicky recordkeeping!) If my wrists can take it, I might start on Unnamed Project some time this week. Maybe. Or at least I can throw the spreadsheets together and suss out the logistics of it. We're nearing a chapter break in SSSS, so it's a convenient time....

☆ Election results are in! Harper is out! Not sure how I feel about the results in and of themselves, but the important thing is that Harper is out.
yuuago: (SSSS - Incantation)
☆ Well, it's officially autumn now. I should see about trying to get some photos of the leaves before they're all gone. The last couple of times that I went out, I didn't have much success - my usual routes were all dug up for construction - but... we'll see. Maybe I'll find something. On another note, it's starting to get really hard to get out of bed in the morning. It's too cold! I keep telling myself "this time, I will get up early, I will get up and exercise" and then... uh. I don't. Because it's cold. It's just. TOO COLD.

☆ I swear, this weekend I'm going to tackle that knitting project. Again! After my earlier entry about that, I just got way too frustrated, unravelled everything, and huffed for a while. But, I'm going to try again. Hopefully the second try will go better. If it turns out too loose - time to rip it out again. WELL... at least this will be a good opportunity to catch up on all those episodes of Welcome to Night Vale that I'm behind on, maybe. :D

☆ Reading is going... uh... Hm. I keep falling asleep on my commute! So I've been getting very little reading done. A combination of general tiredness + it's starting to get dark in the evenings, but... still. Anyway, I'm still on Love in the Time of Cholera. I'm not sure what I expected from this novel, but it's... interesting. I love the language (well, rather, I love the translator's interpretation of Marquez's language, I guess) but the story itself isn't grabbing me much. I do remember, though, that I was quite a ways into One Hundred Years of Solitude before I concluded that I absolutely loved it, so maybe that will happen with this one. ... But somehow, I doubt it. They're very different from one another.

☆ Mélu has convinced me to join NaNo with her when November comes around. WELL, sort of. I will be realistic here: I will join, but I will absolutely fail, and probably not produce any more than 10k words. In fact, probably significantly less than that. But... I'll join anyway. It's true that I can only write on weekends, and that 1k in one sitting is a lot for me. But I usually make November my designated "get shit done" month anyway, and I will have some fics I'll need to work on... and I do love being part of things. And being a cheerleader. And so on. SO... half-assing it again, heyo! Why not.

☆ Someone whose writing I really enjoy said that they like some of the things I've posted. Hearing that people like my stuff always makes me feel good, but when it comes from someone whose work I admire, it's the chocolate shavings on top of the icing on the cake, to stretch the metaphor a bit. It just - really, really made my day. (They described the two stories, which were very short, as "punching well above their weight"... aaaAAH.) Sometimes I get so self-conscious about posting very short things, or very impulsive things, or things I'm not sure about, or - well, posting anything outside of my DW archive, period. And it's nice to hear that when I do take the plunge of posting publicly, it's worthwhile.

☆ Speaking of fic! As I've been going through the section on Ao3 for Stand Still, Stay Silent, I've been thinking about slapping together a rec list, but on the other hand it seems a bit silly to bother with that when there are under 100 fics total. So until I figure that out, I'll just rec one author: Sectoboss, who writes canon-flavour gen, and is my absolute favourite writer in this fandom. Even though I haven't finished reading everything he's written, what I have read has been just that good that I feel comfortable with a generalized rec. (If I had to rec only one fic, I think Old Memories is my favourite - it's also the best Mikkel-centric fic that I've read in this fandom so far, which is great to see, because Mikkel is growing on me a ton - though he'll never knock Emil out of my #1 spot.)

☆ After seeing a drabble challenge on FFA a couple of days ago, I impulsively put something together, and then later expanded it into an SSSS prologue sequence (voila). I'm really, really happy with how it turned out - well, some parts more than others, but it was nice. It isn't often that I work within strict confines like this; I used to do restricted formats all the time, though it was more often with poetry, and it's nice to kind of... return to that, a little. Though I don't think I will be doing it frequently.

☆ Speaking of poetry - Stand Still, Stay Silent fandom is so weird in a lot of ways, at least compared to what I'm used to. And one of the ways it's weird is that poetry is actually an encouraged fanwork form, rather than something written off as pretentious. I suppose, considering poetry has a place in the canon, it isn't that weird, but it's still a surprise to me. Anyway, it kind of makes me... kind-of-sort-of want to try taking that up again, maybe, for fandom purposes. Though I haven't actually looked into what the fandom does with it yet. Hah, just watch, it'll all be in strict Kalevala metre like in canon, and then I'll be here with my Hauge-esque compact modernist stuff going "Um...."
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