Day Two!

Oct. 10th, 2014 07:16 am
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Look at this badass, posting two days in a row. I almost lost the tempo there; after writing that sentence I opened up YouTube and came close to just losing myself to YouTube. I was good, though. Just one video and I'm back on the horse. Go me!

Today I have less time than usual to do stuff. Nicarus is getting off work early and then we're going out for lunch with a friend of our's. In a weird way it's making me more motivated to get shit done. So the game plan for today is one hour writing, one hour putting clothes away, one hour cleaning the bathroom, one hour cleaning kitchen, then the rest of the time back to the computer to write. So as of right now I have about fifty more minutes of writing before it's clothes time.

As for what to write, let's see:

- Discussion topic for school\
- Fanfic x two
- Original fic rough draft
- Original fic first draft

That's a good amount on the plate. It'd be nice to make some real progress on the fanfics so that I can start posting and hopefully start connecting with people. Not only for the feedback but hopefully to have some convos. But I'm getting ahead of myself a bit there.
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I did a more personal post on my LJ earlier today. I think on my DW I want to keep things more informal. But the highlights:

1) I got married! Yays!

2) I'm a student in an editing certification program! Yay!

3) I moved to Calgary! Yay!

Gotta love the triple-yays.

Since I'm currently out of a job I've decided that I'm going to try to spend more time doing some writing and editing. I have at least one novel that I want to finish editing up and hopefully get out the door for self-publishing. There's a second I'm currently writing that is going to be more of a process but I think I can get it done in the next few months. The rough draft, at least.

I also need to do some school work today. Just post in the class discussion forum and do the proofreading exercise. I think the exercise will be a bit tricky; the proofreader's marks are confusing as fuck. Hopefully I'll be able to get the hang of it soon.

Oh, I'm also working on a couple of fanfics! I'm also seriously considering reworking one of my older ones and polishing it up a little more. I really want to start actually networking again and to meet new people. I've also made a promise to myself that, if I can post on here every day for at least two weeks then I'll post on an add-me community and start building this friends list. I've made promises to post everyday before, I know, but this time I feel like someone hit a big "reset" button for my life and this is a good time to start over. Newly married, no job but being proactive about finding something better, and a new start in a new city. Life feels good at the moment.
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Yesterday I downloaded and played with a program to make games. So far I'm finding it to be one of the better game creation software out there, and I'm already getting grand ideas that I would like to try someday. It's called, simply enough, Gamemaker if anyone is curious. The standard edition is free and I'm so far finding it very easy to use. Definitely worth a look if you ever were interested in giving game creation a try.

Otherwise today I'm planning on doing a good chunk of writing. I have parked my laptop on the island in the kitchen rather than me sitting at my desktop in the living room. For some reason sitting at the island makes me want to be a little more productive than if I were at the desktop. Maybe it's easier to avoid the siren song of video games and Reddit out here. Or maybe I just need a change in surroundings every once in a while. Who knows, all that matters is that it works.

Oh, and I also am planning on posting a recipe, with pictures! Yes, I actually did something I was planning on doing for once! I'm so proud of myself. I'll be posting that sometime soon.

I also really want to change up the layout of this journal. It's been a long time since I played around with coding and layouts, and I would rather like to get back into the habit. A project for later, I suppose.

Oh, and I also finally signed up for a wedding planning website. Now to actually start posting... Eeek. This feels rather odd for me. I mean, I am excited to get married, but the wedding was never something I had ever thought about in my life. I never had an idea of my "dream wedding", so now I'm feeling rather lost with how to go about this. Hence, the wedding planning site. Wish me luck.
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Done the personal and locked post, so now let's talk fandomy and lighthearted stuff.

The other day I watched the 1994 Stargate movie. It was actually a lot better than I had remembered, though now Netflix is convinced that I want to watch all of the ancient aliens documentaries it can find. On one hand, I'm am tempted to put one on every now and again for a laugh. Then again, I feel a bit dirty for watching them. Otherwise, Stargate was a good nostalgia trip for me. It's also made me want to marathon SG-1, so I may be doing that over the next couple of days.

The other day I dusted off the old WiiFit and decided that I want to regularly do the yoga aspect again, until I can get up the courage to sign up for legit classes. Unfortunately the board squawked at me for being underweight, but at the same time it's actually motivating me to eat more often. It helps to see that little graph tick closer and closer to the 100 lbs point every time I go on.

Beside me at the moment the fiance is playing some Pathfinder online. He's been asking me to make some tokens and maps for them, and I think I'm going to start on that tonight. It gives me something to do and I think I can easily whip some good one ups. The tokens should be easy, but the maps might give me a challenge, which to be fair might be what I need at the moment.

Now I need to run off and make some food. I'm sort of tempted to make up a recipe post, because I want to play up with the recipe I currently have for breaded chicken. The idea I have right now it going to make, if nothing else, an interesting taste. Maybe I'll do that. Or maybe I'll make it a regular thing. I used to do quite a bit recipe posts on LJ. We'll see.
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I guess I chose a bad week to start this little resolution. I'm working all this week, about 42 hours in total with possibly more to come. As long as I can get through this week it'll be better, but with the Christmas season in full swing I'm going to be feeling fairly dead by the end of the week.

To that end I don't really have time to focus on anything other than work and rest this week. This is going to be rough, but there's not much to be done for it. On the other hand, let's talk about something else, eh?

I've been considering trying something else lately. I might just scrap the daily theme thing if I do so, but I really want to try my hand at reviewing stuff again. I'm horribly out of practice, but I want to get better at it and hopefully be able to write better meta in the meantime. I think it could be fun, and I get an excuse to watch some old favourites and gush about them. I'm considering starting out with Stargate SG-1 since I have access to the whole series. We'll see, though. I might decide to start with something smaller as to not to overwhelm myself.

To be fair, I think part of the problem with reviewing, at least for me, is that I don't really have a good outline for doing one. I'll figure something out, I'm sure. Might as well start with something I know somewhat well and build up from there.

Welp, another day down. I didn't do a post yesterday due to work, but I'll try hard to do one everyday. Like I said, the goal right now with fourteen days straight. Here's hoping.

Now, I'm going to go off and try to make sense on some computer stuff. To Google!

A New Start

Dec. 6th, 2013 02:31 pm
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So it's been a long time since I last logged in here to post anything. To be honest, depression has been kicking my ass as of late. Nothing new there, but this time around I'm trying to push through it.

With that in mind, I decided that I want to start fresh with this journal. I want to try to post something in here nearly everyday, just like I used to with my blog back in high school. So I'm going to try something different for the next month or so: theme days! Every weekday is a different theme, and I have to post something on that day relating to that theme. I'm going to keep with somewhat lighthearted for the most part, but I'll devote a day to real life drudgery. So, theme days:

Sunday: General life update and goals for the week. Because I find I get stuff done more consistently when I have a list.
Monday: Gaming stuff. What I'm playing, what I want to play, etc.
Tuesday: Review something I've watched. I really want to get back into reviewing, but I'm so horribly out of practice that I need to freshen up my skills.
Wednesday: Fanfic ideas to be thrown around or meta. Basically me thinking out loud about ideas I want to write. Whether or not they'll actually get written is another thing.
Thursday: Whatever I want. I won't restrict myself this day.
Friday: Excerpt from some sort of fiction I had written. I need to motivate myself to write something.
Saturday: Something artsy. Maybe a sketch, or photo, or whatever.

There. Maybe that'll help me focus a bit. Today I will omit from my list and just do this post, but tomorrow I'll start and hopefully be able to stick with this for at least a month. I read somewhere that it takes about fourteen days for something to become a habit. I'm holding hope for that to happen here. It'll be tricky in between job responsibilities, but I really want to make this work. If only for my own self-esteem.

Well, here goes. Wish me luck, imaginary audience!
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I'm really in the mood to listen to some podcasts. I blame The Boy for this fact since he was listening to the Freakonomics podcast earlier. Unfortunately I really don't know where to go looking for some good ones. Anyone have any suggestions for any good fandom related ones? My preference is something panfandom and is somewhat lighthearted (meaning: none too social justice-y. Not that there's anything wrong with that, it's just not my cup of tea), but I'll give a look to fandom specific ones too.

Otherwise life goes on. I finally got around to cleaning up all of the cat stuff :-(. I'm still finding the odd toy here and there, which I'm dutifully gathering into a box to ship out to Fort Mac. Luckily from the sounds of things the cats are settling in quite nicely with their owner, and he's ecstatic to have them back. The Boy and I are already talking about adopting a couple of cats in the future, but not immediately. We're thinking that once we both have new jobs and a new place to live we'll go for it.

Speaking of jobs... The Boy had an interview on Wednesday with an energy company. Apparently the interview felt more like an interrogation and he doesn't think that he'll be hearing from them, but he's said that before about most of his job interviews including the ones he actually got so I'm holding out hope. If he gets it then he'll be shipping off to Germany for training, which would be awesome for him. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for him.

As for me... ugh, I'm more than ready to leave my job. Unfortunately not a lot of places around Halifax are hiring, but I'm still holding out hope. At this point I'll take just about anything that will offer me more than twelve hours a week. Damnit boss, I can't live off of that! Urg.

Blah, too much negativity. On the bright side, there's Pathfinder tonight. I had to miss it last week due to just being too damn exhausted after work, but apparently there was yet another player death. Luckily I haven't died yet, but I've come close. So yay for my little rogue!

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Title: The New Year's Arrest
Fandom: Lupin III
Genre: Gen/Friendship
Rating/Warnings: PG-13 for light swearing and alcohol use.
Characters: Lupin, Zenigata
Summary: It's New Year's Eve in Times Square and Zenigata has Lupin cuffed, but the thief doesn't make any move to escape. Just what is Lupin planning?

Disclaimer: Anything recognizable belongs to Monkey Punch.

The winter wind stung at his face... )
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A new year, a new beginning and all of that sappy crap. I always feel a bit odd about starting something on New Year's Day. It's like a little cackling voice in the back of my mind that's saying that I'm doomed to fail because I'm doing the stereotypical thing. Something I'm doing to counteract this is to not call anything a "resolution" but instead a goal. "Resolution" just sounds so... optimistic in a naive way. "Goal" sounds realistic and concrete, like you can still make a little progress even if you don't meet the goal in the end. You fail resolutions, but you fall short of goals. So, I like goals better.

So, my goals for 2012 are as follows:

- Write everyday with 750words.com. I tried this last year with Write or Die. It worked for the first few months, then I started to get lazy. Without any time limits or ultimate rewards I found myself getting lazy and it eventually dithered out. I'm hoping that this site might make me a bit more motivated.

- Write a new piece of fiction every month. Fanfiction, original, long or short, incomplete or no, I don't care. I just need to get writing, damnit! I really need to expand my portfolio and start actually finishing some short stories and sending them out and hopefully selling a few.

- Do some sort of big fannish project. I have something in mind, but it's something that I will have to really commit to as it will take a long time. What I'm thinking is that I'll get at least ten parts of it done first before actually posting them, then see if it drums up an interest and if it does I'll see if I can keep going with it. I'm thinking if I can get far enough ahead on it before I start posting then it'll take off some of the pressure. As long as I can maintain that cushion, of course.

- Write a big fanfic. That sort of ties into the above goals, but it's still something that I really want to do just for the sake of doing it. I have a couple of ideas banging around in my head that I'm itching to get out.

- Finally something not writing related: get a new job. I've definitely outgrown this job and desperately need something new. Especially if I want to get a new apartment in the near future, then I need something which will give me more than twelve hours a week. It's a tall order for Halifax, but I'm staying optimistic.

- Get out of debt. More desperately than ever I need to get out of this debt hole. I'll easily be able to pay off my student loans this year, but my debt to the university might be a bit harder. I'll get there, though. I'm determined to. I desperately want to go back to school, and I can't do that while I still owe another place money. Blah.

And with that I think I've run out of goals. I do have a few other more vague ones, like do more creative stuff period. I really would like to try to get back into sculpting and painting, but it's just a matter of actually scheduling myself and working into my day to day life. I think I can do it, but I just have to get motivated. I also want to meet more people and get involved in more fannish things. Maybe I'll get involved in a challenge community or two.

Happy New Year, everyone!
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Last night ended up being surprisingly subdued. We had dinner, then we all started a bunch of games all over the apartment. I ended up getting my ass kicked in Settlers of Catan, but it was still fun. We also ended up watching Saw 2 for some reason. Ugh, bad movie. I usually have a high tolerance for gore, but that was just too much for me.

Today I'm trying to finish up that fic before we head out to a New Year's party. I'm a little over 1500 words now and I'm at the point where I think I can start to wrap it up. I might even get around to editing it a little before leaving, but I probably won't be able to actually post it until tomorrow. That's a little disappointing, but it's better than letting loose a rough draft. If I can at least get the rough draft finished today I'll be happy.

Anyway, off to finish that and see what the new challenges are on Steam. Hopefully there's at least one I can do before the whole promotion is over.

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Trying cross-posting one more time. I think I have it right this time.

Today I managed to write about 1200 words worth of fic. It's not bad, but I am sort of worried that it might be kinda boring. It's just a little friendshippy one-shot for New Year's, but I still want it to be entertaining. Hm... well, I'll worry about that once I actually finish writing it and start with editing.

Tonight I think we're going to go and hang out with our D&D group. I don't know if D&D is in the cards for tonight, though. We'll see what happens. Only thing I know for sure is that I'm not planning on drinking a lot; I'm saving that for tomorrow. I cannot drink heavily two nights in a row, there's just no way. Either way it should prove to be a good time.

Anyway, let's see if this cross-post will work properly this time. Here's hoping!
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Going to give this cross-posting thing another try. Hopefully a link to my DW will appear at the bottom of the post this time, so we'll see if that works.

I really should be cleaning the apartment today, but I doubt that that's going to happen. I managed to snag the first Tomb Raider game for three bucks on Steam, so once that finishes installing I'll probably be playing that. Otherwise I'll be playing Morrowind and probably writing fic. I also want to watch the BBC Sherlock series, but I don't know if that's going to happen or not. 

Last night we started watched Star Trek: Generations. It's always been one of my favourite Star Trek movies, if only because it's the first one I remember seeing as a kid. It's also really making me want to rewatch the original series, but I find that I can only really take it in small doses, though I do love it.

Bah, and I just realized that I need to go out and buy more milk. It's raining outside and I don't wanna!

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Christmas was fairly quiet for me this year. The Boy and I went to see my dad again this year. We couldn't stay for very long, but it was long enough to see my dad and visit Rachel and her family. We ended up spending most of the time sleeping and watching the Doctor Who marathon. As for the present haul I got a disappearing TARDIS coffee mug, a few shirts, a neat leather-bound notebook, a sushi set, and a bag full of socks which I desperately needed.

Now I have to get this apartment cleaned by Friday and get ready for New Year's. Our D&D and Rogue Trader groups are coming together for a big party. Luckily I don't have to worry about work that weekend so I can actually stay up late and recover from any resulting hangover. 

Otherwise I really want to do a New Year's fic of some kind. I have a Lupin III fic bouncing around in my head, so maybe I'll start working on that tonight.

Now, let's try this cross-posting thingy. Here's hoping that it works!

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A master list of all of my fanworks. Please let me know if any links don't work. Enjoy!

List Behind Cut )
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First post in a new journal, so what to talk about?

Whelp, for now I'm just going to use this journal as a back-up, but if the drama going on with LJ doesn't get resolved then I may use this as my main journal eventually. For now though I'm just going to cross-post the fannish things to this journal and keep the personal stuff at LJ.

Now, to fiddle and play with this new-fangled thing.
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