hells_half_acre: (Default)
2017-12-31 06:14 pm
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New Years Questions

In the spirit of reflection, I stole these questions from metallidean_girl... usually, on New Years Eve, I used to do a fic-themed recap of the year, but much like last year, I think I only managed one fic this year, so there's not much to talk about Hopefully next year I do a little better in terms of getting more than one fic done.

So, here's some general questions:

1. What happened to you in 2017 that made you the happiest?
Well, I finally earned enough money to go on a vacation - which came in handy, when my bestfriend decided to get married in Nov. You'd think, perhaps, the wedding would have made me the happiest, but would that it were so simple. Instead, the wedding was a churning pit of conflicting emotions, which I navigated with grace and aplomb and only one teary phonecall back home to my other BFF, so that they could assure me that I was not going to freeze to death in the desert. BUT, that all aside, I was very proud of myself for being able to afford to go, and also, while I was in California for the wedding, I booked myself a slot to MEET A CHEETAH! And that made me very happy indeed. Also, my other BFF got engaged, and named me the Friend of Honour - and I am indeed honoured. I feel very very lucky to have such wonderful people in my life.

2. What are your plans for New Year's Eve/New Year's Day?
Tonight I'm going to a lowkey houseparty. It is a comfy clothes, let's just chill out, party... which is great, because that's my style these days. New Years Day.... I actually forgot that it's usually a holiday, so I didn't plan time off work or anything. So, I will probably be treating it like a regular day, though hopefully work will be slow and I can use a lot of the day to map out my schedule for the month and hang my new calendars and whatnot.

3. What was the best discovery you made in 2017?
Hmm, this one is tough... I guess, well... if we go by discovery=learning - then I discovered ASL and how much fun it is to learn. If we go by discovery=proving of a hypothesis - then I discovered that much like I had hoped, although I inevitably was laid off, the job I took for the sole purpose of giving myself marketable skills on my resume WORKED and I now have marketable skills on my resume and am in a much better position than I was before I took that job. So, yay! Mission success!

4. What are your thoughts on the idea of "new year/new you?"
I generally don't agree... but it's not that I don't agree that you can change who you are, if you choose to - it's that I disagree that you should do it at New Years. If there is something you want to change about your life, you either do it as soon as you think about it, or you don't do it at all. I recognize that a new year is a good signal to put the past behind you and move on to the future - but in my opinion, if you can't do that in May or mid-November, then you're not going to be able to do it in January ether.

BUT, some people like symbols and hard dates, and setting challenges. AND sometimes it works out that you want to try a different scheduling technique, and the best time to do that is when you buy a new planner/calendar for the upcoming year.... and yeah, I've done that before too. I'm perhaps just cynical about resolutions because it means that my yoga studio and gym get WAY too crowded in January before everyone eventually gives up on their dreams and leaves me in peace.

5. What are you most looking forward to in 2018?
I'm looking forward to seeing if a potential new job will pan out. If it does, I might be able to afford another vacation. If it doesn't - luckily, I have a good steady part-time job right now that covers my basic bills. Other than that... possibly learning more ASL? My friend's stagger party.... seeing if this new scheduling technique I want to try is going to allow me to produce more fic/writing time. US mid-term elections?  Seeeing if Wayward Sisters gets picked up by the CW to go to series. Black Panther. Just living my life?

Happy New Year everybody!
hells_half_acre: (Sam Winchester Top Chef)
2017-09-01 06:13 pm
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 I'm going traveling in November, folks! 

I'm excited. My BFF is getting married down in the San Diego area. Which seems PRETTY FAR AWAY considering I've never been south of Seattle on this coast.

So, the current plan is to drive to Portland, leave my car there, and then fly Portland to San Diego. Spend a couple of days in San Diego (see a CHEETAH) and then fly back to Portland, pick up the car, and drive home again.

Why Portland? I'm going to be perfectly honest... I want to see the BridgePort BrewPub that stood in for Leverage HQ during the 5th season of Leverage. Other than that, I hear Portland has a cool bookstore? and some fancy donuts? I honestly don't know. Also, due to wedding/BFF hangs, I'll probably only get a day or two in Portland and most, so I gotta prioritize.

In San Diego, I'm gonna try to do the Cheetah run at the San Diego Safari Park. 

Anyway, haven't booked anything yet, but I'm SUPER JAZZED.

hells_half_acre: (!!!!)
2017-08-10 03:39 pm
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I'm still alive!

 Hey Everybody! Sorry I've been a little MIA since mid July.

I'm doing well, life has just been busy - I'll probably write about it in a locked post later, if I feel like it - but not right now! 

This is mainly just a reminder to everyone that I will NOT be going to VanCon this year. It's too early in the month and I'm not usually in Vancouver at this time of year (right now, I am in Ontario - where I will remain until the 31st, because I pushed back my flights even further just yesterday in order to spend a little more time here.)

So, no VanCon for me.

I hear tell that next year's VanCon will be in October! This means that a)I'll more than likely be able to go (provided I'm still living in Vancouver at that time,) and b)All the lovely visitors will actually get a taste of the rainy season (ie: late fall/winter) in Vancouver - where it gets dark really early and it's wet and mildly chilly. So, that'll be a little bit of veritas for how the series is filmed, because it really only gets 2.5 months of nice summer weather for filming before we're all plunged into the long dark tea time of the soul... uh, I mean, the long dark winter.

For those not subscribed to my AO3 account, I'm currently posting the final installment of the demented'verse over there (while frantically trying to finish it before AO3 catches up with the chapters that I still need to write/work on.
hells_half_acre: (Other Fandoms)
2017-05-09 11:43 pm
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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (& Vers la Tendresse)

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)
2017-05-08 10:57 pm
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Journal: Today did not improve my life

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: (!!!!)
2017-05-07 09:44 pm
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Officially NOT going to VanCon 2017

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. :)


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)
2017-03-23 11:19 pm

Random Post! Writing and BatB!

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)
2017-01-09 08:35 pm

How're things?

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...


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....


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)
2016-07-24 12:47 am
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Odds and Ends

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)
2016-07-01 01:55 pm

Happy Canada Day!

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)
2016-06-25 01:05 pm
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Check out my talented sister!

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.

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)
2016-04-14 08:44 pm
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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)
2015-09-10 01:37 pm
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Update on Things...

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)
2015-07-04 04:22 pm
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The State of Things - New Job, Summer Vacation, Life in General

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.


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.


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)
2015-05-31 11:36 pm
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Depressing post for depressed people

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....


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)
2015-03-03 08:40 pm
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Where the heck is Hells?

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)
2015-02-23 04:26 pm
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I wrote a guest blog...

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...)
hells_half_acre: (Confused!Dean)
2014-11-13 07:47 pm


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:

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:

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)
2014-07-09 12:11 am

Random Post Day?

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)
2014-06-24 01:28 pm

Misc. Updates and Teen Wolf S4 has started...

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! :)