hells_half_acre: (Other Fandoms)
Tonight I saw Guardians of the Galaxy 2, quickly followed by a French documentary about love and toxic masculinity in the Paris projects.... remarkably, they both had similar themes. Though, of the two, the Guardians of the Galaxy movie was far more hilarious.

I don't actually have much to say beyond that, because I don't want to spoil the film for anyone. 

But yeah... it was good? Like, it was funny, and had a good message - I laughed, I cried, I cared deeply for characters that SHOULD be absolutely ridiculous and yet aren't. I loved how every single character (nearly) was a super complex character who was never only good or bad. 

That's sort of what I wanted my fantasy novel to be more about, but I don't think I've gotten there yet. There's so many things I have to fix in the second draft, and I haven't even finished the first draft. Yarr.

Anyway, I'm exhausted, so that's all your getting in terms of a movie review.

Oh, except to say that Towards Tenderness really drove home the fact that men being in a position where they can challenge toxic masculinity instead of having it shackle them to a life of misery is a position of privilege, my goodness.

Okay, now THAT's all your getting. :P 

hells_half_acre: (Default)
I tried to use the "puzzle" shut-off for my alarm today. It didn't work - mainly, because I can do simple puzzles while half asleep, and once you do the puzzle, it's done and the alarm is off. Whereas before, even asleep, I'd be smart enough to hit "snooze" not "dismiss" and so be reminded that I'm supposed to wake up at some point about 15 minutes later. Instead of just going back to sleep for another hour and a half. (At least when I hit snooze for an hour and a half, I KNEW I was hitting snooze for an hour and a half.)

Anyway, I'm already off topic.

I spent today in meetings, and when not in meetings, researching software solutions for my company (this was the morning job). The afternoon job, I just did. Then, after work, I continued to sit at the computer and research software solutions for my hobby (video-editing software, for when I want to re-edit shows to my liking.)

The funnest part of that was that I spoke with one of the SPN VFX coordinators for a bit about video-editing (we're friends on FB, though we've only met once or twice IRL).... anyway, he uses adobe premiere - which I might have a lead for a free version of (from someone else), so that's cool. I think that's going to be my choice, because the other top runner was Lightworks, but their free version doesn't look as intuitive. I'm trying to remind myself that I don't like PowerDirector, because a very human part of me is hating the idea of change and just wants to stick with it... but honestly, I think it's probably better if I go with something else.

This was supposed to be short... I keep blathering. I apologize.

Anyway, my point is that I've been sat at this computer all day and my eyeballs are fried. I've been trying to get more exercise and I was doing well last week, but today was an absolute failure. Usually, during the workday, I take five minute breaks and do a bit of the ol' exercise bike... but I didn't even do that today.

On top of that, I realized that my grand goal of writing a bit of fic this week and spending another 2 hours getting S11 clothes up on If Clothes Could Talk isn't going to pan out, because I'm going to the movies tomorrow night and I've got an ASL class on Wednesday, and then on Thursday it's SPN... so, I'm not going to have time to do anything until Friday. And by then I'll probably just want to stare off into space. :P

This is why my fic isn't getting written, people.

I'm also not getting enough sleep at night. The past two weeks, I've only averaged 6.5-6.75 hours/night. Which is NOT enough to keep me healthy and happy.

Part of the problem is my incessant need to stay up past midnight. I really have to get over that. 

Anyway, tomorrow is another day. And it includes several mandatory walks - the first of which is in the morning, because I have to go vote. We're having a provincial election and everyone (I know) is really hoping that we can oust the Liberals (liberals=conservatives.... I know, it's confusing.) Anyway, we'll see. The problem is that the left is split between the NDP and the Greens (the Greens aren't even really left, but people think they are.)

Then I'm going to go see Guardians of the Galaxy 2, followed by a French documentary about love and disenfranchisement called Towards Tenderness (Vers la tendresse). So, that'll be quite the pairing!

So, there was my day. Now it's 11:20, so I'm going to brush my teeth, change computers, and then stare at another screen for an hour or two while I read fanfic.  

I might f-lock these journal posts in the future, but make sure that I friend people who want to see them, so they can keep seeing them. We'll see.
hells_half_acre: (!!!!)
Hey everyone...

I figured I'd make an official announcement about this, since a few of you see me every year at VanCon - and a few others very much enjoy my VanCon reports... but, I'm NOT going to be attending VanCon this year.

Unlike last year, it's not because I'm super duper poor.

It's because it's early in August instead of late in August. 

I'm going to be in back east at that time, as that's usually the weekend every year that I get to spend in the Montreal area with two of my closest friends. I only get to see these friends once a year, so, obviously, they win the contest for "who am I going to see this weekend" against Jared and Jensen. I know, shocking.... but  I'm sure J2 will understand. 

In other news, I completely forgot to update If Clothes Could Talk last week. So, I've started shipping away at it this weekend. Hopefully, if I'll goes well, I'll have Season 11 all up by next weekend (along with charts and graphs.) Just in time for S12 to be over and people to get on my case about why I haven't gotten it done yet. :P

For those of you going to VanCon - I hope you have a good time!! Give a "woo!" to eveyone on stage for me. :)

CURIOSITY TIME:

Would you guys be interested if I blathered about my life more on here? Or do you not really care. The old school style of DW has gotten me a bit nostalgic for the days where I used LJ more as an actual journal. And I'm wondering if I should give it another go... but, I don't want to do it if it's just going to annoy people.
hells_half_acre: (Confused!Dean)
I've been working on the next installment of the demented'verse. The way I work is that I do a really rough outline, and then sort of narrow it down and add things as I go, so I have a series of successive outlines that get a little more detailed and accurate, but cover less of the story (because I've already written part of it.)

Right now, I'm on outline nujmber 4, which is getting close to the end... only, my third to last outline point (which I wrote months ago) is "Draco tricks Dean" and I can't for the life of me remember what I was referring to there. Like... what did I possibly have in mind?! It doesn't even make any sense.

Anyway, just thought I'd complain about my own foolishness is always believing "I'll remember this idea!" because it's not always true.

In other news, I had a great visit with my sister this past week. I also saw Beauty and the Beast, which was phenominal. All these years, I've been blaming my memorization of the original animated movie on my little sister's love for it as a child... but as we sat in that theatre and the lights dimmed and the movie played and then ended, I realized - nope, it was me all along. *I* love that movie. We actually saw it twice over the weekend, because we could, goddamn it! It was the best the first time around, when you don't know what jokes are coming, but I noticed more details (and heard more lyrics) the second time around. Also, I have a small crush on Josh Gad now, which to be honest, I could never have seen coming going into the film.

Let's see.... what else what else... my sister is buying a condo, and I'm a little jealous that she's managed to sort her life out and I haven't. For some reason, I equate "owning property" with "sorting your life out." I'm not sure, psychologically, why that is. Anyway, maybe one day I'll sort my life out.

How's it going with you?
hells_half_acre: (OfficeDean)
Was going to do a rewatch on the weekend, but ended up not... was going to do it tonight instead, but only got 5.5 hours sleep and so am too tired. Perhaps tomorrow!

Jensen & Family

Man, that pic Jensen posted of his family is the cutest! Awww...

Sherlock

So, Sherlock has started back up again - and for those who also watch it, and also follow me here, you might be like - Yo, where be your Quick Reactions? And to that, my answer is...

I haven't been in the mood to watch the show for some reason. I mean, even when publicity started rolling out, I wasn't curious enough to click on any links or anything. And I can't precisely say why, just that... well, no one believes me that I lose interest in things, because of how entrenched I am in continuing to watch Supernatural regardless of plotlines... but yeah, this is me losing interest, I guess.

I might watch it eventually... maybe when it comes out on Netflix and I don't have to pirate it? We'll see. I've enjoyed the few gifs on Tumblr that I've seen.

That being said, I also hear tell that the fandom is imploding in on itself, so maybe it's just as well that my attention is elsewhere and refuses to get enthusiastic about the show.

Check Please!

Ngozi is going to be at Emerald City Comic-Con this year, so I am jazzed - since I will also be there. It's in only two months! Oh man...

What else what else....

Fics

Currently slow going on the next installment of the demented'verse. I had a fairly good routine of working on it at least once per week, but that got broken in early december and I haven't gotten back into the swing of it yet. Kinda sucks, because I wanted to start posting it in the fall - but I want to make sure I'm on track not to leave people hanging with a WIP too long, you know? So, yes. Pretty sure this is going to be the final installment of the 'verse - so, I also want to make it fairly good? I mean, I might not manage it - it might suck. It could be that the 'verse has been declining in quality with each installment since the first, and this will be like a final nail in the coffin rather than a spectacular grand finale fireworks show. Either way, I'll be wrapping things up.

Still want to do a Supernatural-set sequel to Men of Legend. But that'll have to wait until after I finish off the demented'verse.

Haven't decided on possible sequels, one-shots, for Unfortunate Brother or I Imagine the Gods... but time will tell, I suppose. I have vague notions... but then I also have vague notions about expanding The Time Traveler into a full-length proper fic, and it didn't even get that warm of a reception.

Rogue One

I hear Rogue One is good, but I really hate tragedies, so I haven't seen it. "Why are you watching Supernatural?!!??" Someone screams into the abyss. "I don't know!! It just happened!" the abyss screams back.
hells_half_acre: (OfficeDean)
1. My fitbit hasn't recognized my internet connection since Thursday, apparently. I don't know what the heck is up with that. Anyway, I was brainstorming ways to fix it - but then I was like "do I really need a fitbit?" I mean, it's kinda fun. I also use it to track sleep, and that can be helpful in answering the question "am I depressed because my life sucks, or because I haven't gotten more than 6 hours sleep/night in over a month?" And I guess it kinda guilts me into walking more sometimes... but.... I could also probably figure out a way to guilt myself... like, put it on my calendar that I gotta walk every day, and then when I don't, I'm not allowed to check the box to say I did. Anyway.... maybe it was a fun novelty for a bit and if it's legit broken, I can just say goodbye to it. I've had it for nearly 2 years.... which suddenly seems like eons to me.

2. I really want to see Ghostbusters and the new Star Trek movie, but I am SO BUSY. Seriously, I don't know when the heck I'm going to see those movies, but it probably won't happen until mid August. I am sad.

3. VanCon - I am most likely not going this year. Last year, I was only able to go through the kindness of a stranger in the fandom. Someone who I feel like I let down in the repayment of that favour, btw - but that might be just my own weird issue. ANYWAY... while money isn't as tight as it was last year, it's still pretty tight. We'll see though. Maybe I'll go see Ghostbusters and Star Trek that weekend instead, if they're still in theatres.

4. I've gotten into Check Please! fandom recently. It's enjoyable.

5. God, the world is going to shit, isn't it? What the heck is up with that?

6. I know it's Comic-Con weekend. It's been fun to see the new trailers. I'd be following it all more closely, but like I said I'm SUPER BUSY.

7. Published a short follow-up to my second most popular crossover about a week ago. So far, it's been received pretty nicely. I wish I could write more prolifically - I've got the next demented'verse installment all outlined too... but SO BUSY. Maybe in mid August, once I manage to watch those movies I wanna see?

8. is my favourite. You can't write it backwards.
hells_half_acre: (The Boys in BC)



in other news... June is over, YAY! June was not the best month I've ever had. I'm not saying that it was ALL horrible, but 90% of the time, it was no entirely pleasant.

First by accident, and then on purpose, I decided to not write anything in June. I think this was actually a brilliant decision, because - while I didn't force myself to write when I didn't feel like it - I also forced myself NOT to write when I DID feel like it. Which means that the desire to write has been building up under my skin like an unsatisfied vice.... and instead of being sick of all my stories and thinking they're probably horrible, I am instead EAGER to write them (even though they might be horrible.)

So, Happy Canada Day! And here's to July being better. :)

In the meantime - let me know what kinda quality content you want to see on here over the summer? Is there any sort of post you wish I'd do more of?

PS: If you haven't yet, check out my previous post and listen to my sister be way more talented than I am.
hells_half_acre: (Hug)
Hi everybody!

I'm still alive. Sorry I haven't posted in nearly a month. I've been taking a little break from a lot of things, mostly because I haven't been getting enough sleep to do anything productive with my downtime - and also because several things have happened this month that point out how horrible the world is, and it has made me retreat like a turtle into my shell.

HOWEVER... not everything is horrible. My sister, for instance, is a very talented singer-songwriter. She hardly ever records her stuff though, and mostly just performs live in various venues in and around Victoria BC. About a month ago, she manages to record a song and posted it on Soundcloud.

I put it up in a locked post then, because I constantly change my mind about sharing things concerning my personal life... but in anycase... those of you who inquired as to how you can buy the song are in luck! She now has it up on Bandcamp!

She's hoping to raise enough money through the sale of this one to help with recording another one. (Recording is expensive, you guys). Eventually, she wants to record an album, but that's a bit of a ways off financially.

ANYWAY... CHECK IT OUT:
It's really good! And I'm not just saying that because she's the Sammy to my Dean.
hells_half_acre: (Sam Winchester Top Chef)
Hello!

Just wanted to let you guys know that I'm still alive. I had a lot of fun at ECCC. I saw the actors who play The Punisher and Foggy on Daredevil, but there's nothing too interesting to report there. ECCC was super fun. I spent money that I didn't have, which might have been stupid, but if you never do anything fun when you're poor then the world gets super depressing really fast.

Anyway, I know I still have 3 rewatches to do to finish up S10. The next one on the list is Dark Dynasty, so I've been procrastinating like mad about it, because I honestly just do not want to watch that episode again. BUT, I have to for two reasons - 1)to catalogue the clothes and 2)because I'm going to be changing the events of it for the next demented'verse installment and so I need to remind myself what happens.So, you can expect me to do it eventually... maybe this weekend, if I end up with no plans on Saturday night.

In other news, I'm working on a sequel to Men of Legend. I've got about 15k written so far. It'll PROBABLY end up being about as long as the first one at 33k, we'll see though!

Personal news )

Anyway, how are you guys? I feel like we don't talk anymore. I miss you! 
hells_half_acre: (OfficeDean)
Hello everyone! I haven't forgotten about you :)

So, a few things:

Rewatches - Usually this time of year is when I start up rewatches. Right now, I'm not sure how/if/when I'm getting my hands on the DVDs. My older sister usually gives them to me for my birthday, but I'm not seeing her around my birthday this year. Also I'm not actually going to have time to start rewatches until mid-October at the earliest... so, we're just going to have to see how it all shakes out.

Demented'verse - I promised the third story would start going up in September and it is September. I am 2/3rds of the way through writing it. I still REALLY want to keep my promise, so I swear that it'lll start going up (or go up completely) before October.

S10 Clothes - Are on hold until I get DVDs and do rewatches.

Life in general - kind of sucks. I'm broke. My second job isn't really working out as well as I would have liked. It could just be a bad two weeks for it, but I'm feeling pessimistic in general about it. There's also some health stuff going on, where I keep getting viral tonsillitis every few months, but because it's viral and not bacterial, there's really nothing they can do about it - apparently, I guess? Who knows.

Okay, so, I think that's everything! If I've forgotten to mention something, let me know.
hells_half_acre: (OfficeDean)
Timeline Stuff

I finally got the Season 10 Timeline posted to the Supernatural Wiki. Yay!

I also discovered that some helpful person had gone in and changed a bunch of the Season 9 Timeline because they thought they knew something that I didn't. I changed it back, because a)they didn't know anything that I didn't, and b)they changed the dates without changing the notes on the dates or explaining the reason for the change, so the timeline looked a mess because the notes were talking about things you couldn't see.

Anyway, hopefully I didn't just start a wiki page war. I'm all for people contesting my timeline choices, but you have to back it up with REALLY solid evidence and also have that date make sense for the rest of the season and series.

Job Stuff )

Anyway... I have no idea what I'm doing with my life. I just know that occasionally when I get in the car to drive to one of my jobs, I have a moment where I think "what if I just kept driving..." and I feel like Forrest Gump, who, one day, just decided he didn't feel like ending his morning run. Of course, I can't drive forever or run forever, because some debt collector would eventually send the cops after me... and also I'd pretty quickly run out of money for food and fuel.

Summer Vacation

With the PA job, I can do a lot of it remotely, so I'm actually still going to be working for most of the summer... but I'm going to be doing it from Ontario/Quebec, while I visit my friends and family for the next month. Hopefully, because I won't have the cat-sitting, I'll also be able to write more... but I think I say that every summer and then spend all day doing errands with my mum or visiting friends and nothing actually ever gets done.

Anyway, I leave Vancouver next week and I won't be back until mid-late August.

VanCon

I don't know if I'm going this year. Because of the whole (practically)-unemployed-for-10-months thing, I haven't been able to afford even second hand tickets. I might see if anyone is selling any silver/bronze or even gen-admin tics at the last minute for cheap... but we'll see.

In any case, I look forward to seeing my Fandom friends who are coming to town for the Con. So, I'm sure I'll hear all about it from them.

Writing

I've barely written in the past month, because I've been getting used to the new job and it's thrown my time-management skills out the window (if I even had them to begin with). I'm still working on the two novels. I'm still working on Part 3 of the most reason demented'verse story. I've got ideas for a third novel. I kind of want to expand one of my shorter fanfics into a novella-length version. I kind of want to write sequels to two of my other fanfics. I want to write more fanfic in general... but yeah, I really suck at actually sitting down and writing. I tend to sit down and read fanfic instead. Most recently, I spent an entire weekend reading a complete rewrite of LOTR with Bilbo as the ring-bearer a generation before. I mean, was that really so pressing that I had to read it all in as close to one sitting as I could get? No... it really wasn't... but I did it... and, as a result, none of my own writing got done.
hells_half_acre: (Sam strung-out)
I've got tonsillitus again. I had it last month too - did I mention it here then? I don't know.

Anyway, apparently the way tonsillitus works is on a buy 4 in a year get a free surgery deal. But, this is just the second, and yeah, it's basically only a month after I last had it, but that doesn't necessarily mean I'm caught in some sort of weird pattern... it totally just means that I'll get over it this time and it will never ever come back.

My point, really, is that I'm miserable. Also, life sucks. I'm broke. I just got a new casual part-time job, but I did the math and that's not going to be enough to pay the bills either.

Everything is horrible.

In good news. I'm only three episodes away from finishing the S10 timeline. Yay! So, I'll probably get that done this coming week.

Also, in good news, I saw Mad Max: Fury Road on the weekend (just as my symptoms were starting to manifest, so before I got super miserable)... and it was a great movie! I had to pee really bad through the last quarter, but I still enjoyed it. It was so well done. I've read a lot of articles since about WHY it was well done, from the hero being the embodiment of positive masculinity fighting agains toxic masculinity... to how the filming and editing was all centre-framed to make the action easy to follow.

So, that's good...

Everything is still horrible though. What I really need is for someone to come over and make me lemon honey tea and then fix all my problems while I lay seemingly lifeless on my bed, drifting in and out of consciousness - sometimes, I might offer a witty rejoinder as entertainment, but other times I may just stare listlessly at my companion until my silence becomes uncomfortable.

My mum really wants me to come home for the summer still. And I really want to go. I'm not sure how I'm going to afford it... but, I'll probably go anyway. I need a vacation.

Long term, I'm having my doubts about whether I can stay in Vancouver. I mean, moving back home isn't going to solve anything either - it's just the difference between needing $2500/month to live and needing $1500/month to live....

Blaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh

I guess I'll just try to make it through the summer and then see how things are in the fall. Maybe I'll be able to find a full-time job or something equally miraculous will happen.
hells_half_acre: (OfficeDean)
Update! I'm still alive. Things are busy.

1. Rewatches - I have two more to do! I literally haven't had a four hour block of time in which to do one. I'm crossing my fingers for the weekend. For the next three days, my apartment is under construction (new windows!) so, yeah, it's definitely not going to happen until the weekend.

2. Demented'verse - Man, I really miss the engagement of 2009-2011LJ. I should really work on figuring out how to be a better tumblr-er. Anyway, that aside, I'm really hoping to finish up writing Part 2 of PPP SOON... and then send it off to betas for the cursory homonym and sense-making check. My original goal was the 12th, but it might have to be pushed back to the 19th. The good news is that it will be twice as long as Part 1.

3. Cosplay - so, I made a joke on FB that because of the fact that I can't afford a haircut, I now look like the Winter Soldier. Little did I know that a friend of mine has a love for crafting costumes. As a result, I am now going to cosplay as the Winter Soldier at Emerald City ComicCon at the end of the month. For someone who doesn't like bringing attention to herself, this is very odd behaviour for me... on the other hand, I also love pretending I'm an assassin and wearing men's clothing (not necessarily at the same time). Because I'm unemployed though, this is a cosplay on a very tight budget. So far I have spent approximately $48, and I still need to pick up some elastic and velco... and a black fingerless glove.

4. Speaking of my friend - If you have a Kindle and a dollar, you can read Tash's novella, Slam. It's really good! And it's about 30k, so it's a quick read. Tash is really great at world/character building. I'm a little jealous.

5. Job - I still don't have one. I've got a part time job that only pays half my bills... and I just signed up to be a tutor, that starts next week. Little nervous, because I haven't tutored anyone anything since I was in university - but hopefully it goes okay. Anyway, I'm a giant failure when it comes to having a career and I have no idea what the solution is. Weeping doesn't seem to help. 
hells_half_acre: (Churchyards Yawn)
I have a YA author friend named Tash and she asked me to write a guest blog for her about how great fanfiction is at encouraging writers...

So, you can check it out here: Fanfiction As Encouragement for Novice Writers

Also, if you like young adult sci-fi about cool people with psychic superpowers, you should really check out Tash's books. There's a novella out now called Slam that is a prequel for the first novel, Maelstrom, which will be out this summer.

(Also, the guest blog links my real name with my fanfiction, which is something I've never done before, but times, they are a changing...)

Etsy?

Nov. 13th, 2014 07:47 pm
hells_half_acre: (Confused!Dean)
Does anyone have an experience with selling things on etsy?

I've been debating whether I should try opening an etsy shop for the crochet items I make. Like... the supernatural pillows... or I just made a vest for my sister that's quite nice....

But yeah, I'm not sure if it's a good idea or not. I mean, I probably couldn't make much money off of it, if you consider the time it takes me to make an item....

Blah.... I'm just trying to figure out how to make money, since I don't have a job and I've kinda been a bit pessimistic this week about my chances of ever finding something or ever finding something that doesn't suck the life out of me.

Anyway, check out the cool vest I made for my sister:

SueVest2cropSueVest1crop
And if you don't remember what my Supernatural pillow looks like:

FYI, if I had like $300 I could totally make a Supernatural blanket.

I've also made things like this stripey horse toy:
IMG_3952

In other news, I'll probably do a rewatch tomorrow. I've found that I can either do a rewatch, or I can work on one of my writing projects, but I can't do both on the same day. So, today I'm writing some demeted'verse (I've got 5 chapters of the next installment done so far).

Anyway, if any of you have experience selling handmade items on the interwebs, let me know!
hells_half_acre: (The Damned and the Saved)
Apparently we were supposed to do a random post today? I'm confused - but all my friends are jumping off this bridge, so *shrug*...

Today was the first day of filming for SPN S10 - and it was my last day in Vancouver for the next 5 weeks. It's time for my annual pilgrimage back to my homeland.... Ontario.

I went to a live Welcome to Nightvale show tonight! It was awesome. I was basically crying with laughter the whole time. My favourite part was when Carlos described his mundane science equipment and somehow made it sound like the sexiest thing on earth. They also really incorporated the audience into the show and... yeah, it was great.

JK Rowling released a short Harry Potter story in the form of an article by Rita Skeeter set in 2014. Part of me was like "yay!" and another part of me is like "NO! My HEADCANONS! STOP JOSSING THEM!" Apparently she's going to do more of them? So, yeah, I guess I will continue to be a bundle of mixed feelings.

At the Welcome to Nightvale show tonight, I made the mistake of trying to talk to a Teen Wolf fan - granted, I was butting into a conversation she was having with her friend, so I guess I got what I deserved - but I should also just learn not to try to talk to Teen Wolf fans. Or, at least, when I hear that they don't like anything after Season 2, I should just learn to back away slowly and not engage. It just drives me a little crazy when people have decided that they hate Jeff Davis and therefore everything he writes MUST be garbage, and if it's not garbage than they're just going to pretend that it's garbage for made-up reasons that only they see. But WHATEVER, media is subjective, blah blah blah blah... like I said, I should just learn not to engage. Teen Wolf fandom is actually the worst though, I think. I love the show, but my god, that fandom is the worst. (Except for any of you lovelies who are reading this, you're the glowing perfect exceptions to my hypocritical generalized hatred.)

Writing hasn't been happening lately because I'm a procrastinating lazy-pants. Sorry. It's also unlikely to get super prolific while I'm back in Ontarioland, because I'm going to be driving all over hell's half acre (ha!) visiting my friends/family and listening to folk music while camping in the woods where there isn't even cell reception, like the goddamn hippie that I was raised to be.

So, thoughts on any part of the above? I'm going to be in an airplane for most of tomorrow (today? It's 10 past midnight) and although airplanes are getting wifi now, I'm probably going to be using the time to watch movies and crochet... so forgive me if I am slow to reply, but I will eventually reply! (I mostly always do).
hells_half_acre: (Braedan)
This is just a reminder that if you want to read my quick reaction posts for Teen Wolf - I post those over at my tumblr, since I don't think there's very many of you here on LJ that are into the show. I've got a quick reaction tag over there that you can just do a little search for.

(And yes, I know my tumblr isn't very nice looking - I really can't be bothered prettying that thing up to much... mainly because I don't know how.)

June Ficlet Month - So, you may have noticed that I haven't written anything for three days. That's not going to change - as well as my brain being fried, I'm also swamped with work until the end of the month (gotta get my days in before the end of my current contract). So, yeah, I've decided that ficlet month lasting 20 days was impressive and I'm going to be proud of myself anyway. So there. I wrote ~19,000 words, btw.

So, what are you going to do on LJ now that you're not writing ficlets and SPN is on hiatus?

Dunno. What do you want me to do? I might just pop on occasionally and complain about things or something? I seriously have no clue. Maybe I'll just put an entry up once a week that says, "Hey guys, what's new?" and you can talk to me in comments about whatever the heck you want. :P

Any projects in the works?

I've been mulling over how to move the demented'verse forward. I'm going to go SPN-AU with it, I think - so far, I'm basically just thinking that I'll rescue people - Benny, Gadreel... maybe Kevin? The plot will still be the same though, I think that's how I'll ground it. So, the same shitty things will happen, except that people won't die.

I've got a non-fic project that I keep working on and then abandoning in cycles... it's been abandoned for the past year, I think, maybe I'll start working on it again? *shrug*

Fantasy novel: It's slow going. I only work on it once a week for about 2 hours. So, yeah, I maybe only have 10,000 words. Still, it's fun.

Okay, I guess that's it! :)
hells_half_acre: (Confused!Dean)
How's everyone doing?

Question #1: Do you think I should try selling my Supernatural Pillow on etsy or something? I don't know... I'm trying to think of ways I can make a little extra money without leaving my house or doing anything that I don't want to do. The problem with this idea though is that the pillow takes a while to make... They'd also be like $50 BEFORE shipping, and shipping something pillow sized from Canada is ridiculous. On the other hand, I have the knowledge to turn ANY two-colour design into a pillow now... so I could make a lot of different things for different people and that might be fun, right?

Update #1: After a year of obsessively consuming Teen Wolf fic, my interest is finally starting to wane (in the fic, not the show), which means that I have a bit more time on my hands (because I'm not "wasting" it reading fic.) That being said, the latest Captain America movie has birthed a plethora of my absolute favourite kind of fic. The funny thing is that I haven't actually seen EITHER of the Captain America movies, but I don't even care - I just want all the Post-CA:WS fics. ALL OF THEM. I'm in love with horribly broken people who are never going to get better.

Questions #2: For those who like the demented'verse and/or Harry Potter - What profession do you think Teddy Lupin would go into? Also, can you think of a good demented'verse plot that would fit in well with either S8 or S9 of SPN? Because I can't.

Update #2: I'm super bored with my life... which makes sense. I've been living in Vancouver for nearly 5 years and living in this apartment for nearly 3 years. Is that right?! My god. I'm going to be dead before I know it.

Question/Update #3: I've finally started working on the fantasy novel idea that I started playing around with last year during my April Ficlet month. Let me know if anyone is interested in being readers/sounding-boards for whatever crap I manage to write every week or so. I won't be offended if no one does, however... maybe I don't need the pressure. Also, I know that the last novel project I tried didn't work out the best, because people prefer reading on a webpage and also the last 1/4 of the novel sucked donkey-balls. Though, in fairness, I did warn when the project started that there would be a good chance that the novel might end up sucking... this fantasy novel is no different, though I have HIGH HOPES (despite the fact that I haven't really worked out the plot completely yet.)

Update #4: I had a medical condition that I didn't realize I had because I acquired it slowly. Then I mentioned one of the symptoms to my best friend, because it was the best symptom ever and I was bragging... and he pulled the whole "Please see a doctor because I love you" card and I was super annoyed, because UGH BFF GUILT IS THE WORST.. and I didn't want to lose my super awesome symptom... BUT, then I got diagnosed and everything and it turned out that I actually had a bunch of not-awesome symptoms that had all snuck up on me... and as soon as the not-awesome symptoms started going away, I realized just how much better my life was without them... and basically, this is all a long winded way to say: Hey, guess what! I was kind of sick for probably the past whole year AT LEAST, but now I'm not anymore and it means that I have way more energy for things and I'm feeling pretty great!.. which is apparently how people are SUPPOSED to feel, but I had forgotten.

Question #5: Do you think I should do another ficlet month? I'm feeling a little uninspired when it comes to fanfiction recently... but I've been debating whether I just need to maybe do it anyway and maybe the juices will start flowing again? (That saying is so gross.) Anyway.. last year I did ficlets from vague non-fandom specific prompts.. but maybe if I did it again I could do requests? Or have like a schedule with a different fandom each day of the week or something? Anyway, let me know your thoughts.

Okay, that's it from me. Hope you all are well... and still around... so many people have migrated to tumblr, but I am not a good tumblrer.
hells_half_acre: (The Boys in BC)
So, it's getting to be that time of year again - when spring is in the air, and I start thinking about getting a ticket to VanCon 2014, and then I make a post that says:

If anyone hears of anyone selling their VanCon 2014 Gold or Silver pass for cheap, let me know!

I'm willing to pay a bit more for an aisle seat, but otherwise am hoping to save a bit of money this year and not pay full price for the ticket. I'd prefer a gold pass, but if a someone was selling a good silver for super cheap, then that's fine.

I know it's still really early in the year and people will be more desperate to sell in June, July and August, but I just figured I'd put this out there now, just in case.

Other things:
I'm going to hopefully be finishing rewatches this weekend. Normally, I would do one during the week, but I'm trying to finish a crochet project before the end of March and it needs to be completed in an allergen-free zone - and this weekend I'm going to be staying at my friend's house with her cats... so yeah, my free time this week has been all about the crochet, since I won't be able to work on it on the weekend. Instead, I will do rewatches on the weekend! Woo!

Once the rewatches are done - which I totally want to accomplish this weekend - I will start posting clothing catalog updates like mad. With the goal to finish those by the end of March.

In terms of fanfiction... I'm hoping SPN gives me an opening for another demented'verse installment, it HAS to be this year if I want to do the idea I have so far - so, yeah, getting a bit nervous that they won't give me a good segway, but best-case scenario, I may just have to wait for the finale and then it'll be clearer were I could shove a story in.

I also want to do another UnfortunateBrother'verse fic.... but, yeah, not sure when/if that will pan out.

I also want to start working on my next novel idea, since I've been using it as entertainment in my head for the past year and procrastinating actually writing anything...which, you know, is not good writing practice really.

I've been watching Teen Wolf and reading a lot of TW fanfic lately - but for some reason, although I enjoy that show immensely, it does not inspire me to pick up my pen, so to speak.

Oh, I'm also going to Emerald City Comic-Con at the end of the month. Yay!
hells_half_acre: (laughing)
I hope everyone has a good New Year's Eve this evening, and that 2014 is 100% better than 2013.

Just a heads up that Sherlock S3 starts tomorrow. I'm not actually sure what the airdates are beyond that, but regardless, there will be Quick Reaction posts popping up here from me after I manage to watch each episode. Since I don't live in the UK, I might have to wait for a torrent to download, so it may be several hours after it originally airs and is all over tumblr already.

Teen Wolf starts up again in January as well - again, I'm not sure of the dates - but I PROBABLY won't be doing episodic Quick Reactions for that. I'll most likely stick to what I've been doing so far and wait until I finish the season (or half-season, as the case maybe) and then do a Quick Reaction to the season over all.

For the next few days, I'm also going to try to churn out my S8 Rewatch a little faster, now that my Christmas-time job is dying down not taking up nearly as much of my time as it did last week when it was ridiculously busy.

Once the S8 Rewatch is done, I'll be able to update If Clothes Could Talk.

And I know most people don't care about Merlin, but I am NEARLY done writing my Merlin fic, then it's just a matter of editing and posting. It's a slash fic, which is uncharacteristic of me, I know - so if any of you are curious as to what a slash fic from me would look like, this will be your chance to read one. Merlin is a giant metaphor for gay rights though, so really, no one should be surprised that I'm slashing the gayest show to ever not actually have a single openly gay character on it.

And then, of course, Supernatural starts back up on the 14th, so I'll be back to posting my Quick Reactions for that late on Tuesday nights.... which actually reminds me that I have to watch 9x09 again in order to timeline it... I don't really want to though, it's so sad! Maybe I'll save that for the weekend before 9x10 airs - that way it'll be fresh in my mind when the show starts back up.

So, that's what's coming up in the next few weeks! It'll be busy around here (hopefully) as I try to schedule my time and get stuff done more efficiently in 2014 (it is, I suppose, a legitimate resolution now).

Again, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

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