Believe it or not, I'm still out here somewhere! Despite still having an anagrammed X name, I do exist! Nothing like a good existential crisis to remind you that you're still alive!

Now that that joke's gone on far too long and made me look far more desperate than I actually amm...hi! Yeah, it's been a ridiculously long time since I've updated this journal, and I blame the fact that updating here actually takes some amount of cohesive thought and effort. I haven't had a lot of that to spare lately. Most of it's going to work, where we're wrapping up two massive summer projects. Classes start again on Friday, which means teachers come back Thursday, which means all of our lives up in the tech department are about to get insanely busy. That's going to be interesting. Most of my waking hours have been going to that, and I'm probably going to do some working from home this weekend in order to get things done. Things should calm down again on the work front in...October, maybe...so that'll be nice.

The other thing that's eaten my life, at least for about a week, was the release of KH3D. If you're friends with me on Facebook, you saw a bit of my frustration; if you have me on Plurk, you got the full-on screaming fury. I was even swearing at things IRL, which surprised the hell out of my roommate. I don't usually get that profane about...anything, really. I won't give spoilers here (though I'd be happy to link the exceedingly spoilery plurk rants if anyone wants them), but as far as final thoughts go, I really did enjoy this game. It gave me quite a bit to think about in terms of character development; it had a battle system that I both enjoyed and hated by turns (I cannot tell you how many times I died while waiting for Cure to recharge); I spent way too much time naming and feeding and petting and generally loving upon my Dream Eaters and enjoying the hell out of that; and it played Devil Went Down to Georgia on my heartstrings, but this is Kingdom Hearts and that's a given at this point. There are still a few massive WHAT IS THIS EVEN scenes and plot points I need to watch again and discuss with someone, and I do think they need to rename the Xanatos Gambit the Xehanort Gambit, but overall it wasn't too terribly difficult to follow. (Though, really, I thought Storm of Swords had given me a pretty bad Everything You Know Is Wrong moment, and then I played 3D. Wow.) Overall, I give it an A and I will probably play through it again in very short order.

As for the usual IRL stuff, health is about the same as usual (imperfect but I'll live, way the hell better than December was), work is busy as mentioned but still much better than my last job, and apartment things are pretty chill. My mom actually came down last weekend for three days with me at Disneyland; of course, it had to be 95 degrees for those three days, so we were pretty much melting from heat the entire time. It was still a ton of fun - we have bizarre and hilarious ride photos down to an art now - and it was nice to have Mom down here for a change, even if avoiding political discussions is much the same as tango-ing around the elephant in the room and my (exceedingly sane by California standards) driving does terrify her. Still! Good times.

As far as writing and fandom activities go...yeah. I have a long list of fics to finish and an even longer list of edits to make on my NaNo fic in progress so I can continue working on it and hopefully finish it this November. (Synchro, you are a saint for having looked over all of that. Seriously.) RP drive has also been flagging a bit, but that's something else I need to sit down and parse out for a bit and today is just not that day. At some point, yes, but not now.

Finally, I am running a music blog and a Disneyland blog! If you have a tumblr, please follow my ridiculous stuff; if you have a tumblr or a plurk or a Twitter or if you're on Adagio (yes, tea, it's awesome), give me your username and let's be friends there too :Db
I HAVEN'T LOST MY HEART TO THE DARKNESS AND LEFT MY BODY AND SOUL TO GO WANDERING AROUND AND JOINING A MURDEROUS GROUP INTENT ON OBTAINING THE UNIVERSE'S ULTIMATE POWER

-I mean

Extended Kingdom Hearts jokes about existence aside, I am still around, believe it or not. I have also been keeping up on people's posts, even though I am the epitome of comment fail.

As far as life goes, it's been pretty much the same. I'm still trying to figure out what the stomach issues I'm dealing with are (the gastroenterologist had a few ideas as to what it might be, so I'm working through those), and my pillow stopped working for me for some reason, so I've been going through a lot of semi-sleepless and achy nights trying out new ones to find one that works. Aside from that, nothing else is really different as far as work and social life goes.

This is why I don't update this journal too much, I think. My Plurk is enough of a litany of woe - I'm not sure I want to spread it elsewhere. |D

Other than that, [community profile] itsjustagamerp is going really well! If I ever need a laugh, I just go read a thread. You guys are all awesome. ♥

I will have a Secret Valentine (think Secret Santa) post up within a day or two - it was supposed to be tonight, but it's been a long day.

Finally, and most importantly!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY [livejournal.com profile] corrielle!

Have the most fantastic of days today! ♥


A WINNER IS ME~


Mind you, this is after the validator added ~800 words to my count, but I still have 50k+ legitimate words to win that title. Winning.

So. Uh. Once I run spell check and try to catch any glaring continuity errors, who wants to beta? 8D

And this is only the first half of the story aaaaaaaa
NaNo Count: 43,302 words total. I am this close, guys, but only to word count - I get the feeling the story's going to go on for a while longer yet. I am perfectly okay with this. :|b

The only thing I really worry about - aside from random tonal shifts, unintentional repetition of words and phrases (which, I think, is inevitable when half your word count comes from frenzied word wars), and a lack of motivation once the month's over - is whether I'm falling into the same trap I ream out so many AU authors for: OOC characters. I know concessions have to be made for the differences in setting and how a given character would develop in a role differing from canon; the thing is, I think I might have overstepped my leeway and I'm not sure whether this is the case. I guess I'll know once I get a beta. Until then, onwards and upwards.

(Also, I have only just remembered why referring to anyone in this story as a "mysterious figure" is a bad idea. I see a good deal of find+replace in my future. Yep.)

Favorite line of the night:

She turned to face him, eyes shining; he’d never thought anyone could look so victorious while holding a sack of potatoes, but she’d just gleefully proven him wrong.

(Screw context. I just love this one.)
kiaxet: (AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH)
( Nov. 14th, 2011 12:39 am)
NaNo, day 13: 30,122 words total, 3,835 of which were written today.

I have realized several things over the course of writing this fic:

- 3/5 of the way through and I'm not even a quarter of the way through my outline. This thing is going to be long, because it requires a lot of setup for a solid payout and that setup is complicated and taking forever.

- I've managed to go this entire time without referring to the princess by name. I'm waiting for people to start making all sorts of nonsensical guesses once I start posting this. (This has happened because the fic is in 3rd person limited from Terra's POV and he thinks of her as "the princess" or "Your Majesty." Every once in a while, I do something that actually makes sense in context.)

- My fellow WriMos are a special kind of crazy and I absolutely love them all. Also, evidently it only takes six people to eat the entire eight-scoop sundae at the soda fountain.

- Throwaway lines lead to outline jumping. 8D;;; Turns out that the consequences of one character who is terrible at lying trying to lie to a character who has been lied to for a long time, hates being lied to, and can tell when the first character is lying can really mess up your story. I wrote a whole lot of unplanned anger and angst tonight, and I have no idea how I'm going to get back on outline. I will need to rearrange.

Eventually, writeups on other stuff going on in my life - like the Muppets premiere, or general social stuff - will happen. For now, I'm going to bed.
NaNo, Day 6. 15,176 words total, 3,840 written today.

I went to my first write-in this morning, which is probably why I managed to get so much done - dual writing sessions today. Also, everyone at the write-in was awesome and I had a fantastic time. Very much looking forward to the next one. :D

...also, I am completely insane for writing this much holy flying hell. This is a personal daily record, and a personal word war record too - I broke 800 words in 15 minutes. Next stop: 900 in 15.

Yeah, it's been a long day. 8D Bed now.

Favorite lines of the night:

“Because I am frustrated all the time,” she finally replied, staring into the fire as though it could answer the question for her if only Terra knew how to read it like she did. “Because even though I’m supposed to be the princess, I’m nothing.”

(Screw context, I have drama. Also, I feel like I've been a bit heavy on the OMG CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT side, but again, I think that may be one for the editing table once I hit it. For now, onwards and upwards!)
So there's this thing called a LJ, and apparently I have one in which I'm not actually pretending to be a fictional character. OR AM I

I really ought to update this more often, huh.

Life has gone insane! Also, I tend to spam Plurk with my odd little one-off thoughts, which means my Plurk gets spammed all the time, since I tend to think almost exclusively in odd little one-offs. Both of these would pretty much explain why I've been scarce, at least in this neck of the woods.

[livejournal.com profile] itsjustagamerp has been open for a few weeks now, and I love everyone and everything in it. Pinkie Pie playing radioactive soup, Tom Servo running an ill-fated D&D session, Aqua getting jealous over the attention Minako is paying Terra, the epic pun-off at Kaldur, and everything that could possibly go wrong in Terra and Linkara's reluctantly budding friendship going, of course, horribly wrong have all just made this game fantastic, and that is the tip of the iceberg.

I'm way behind on [livejournal.com profile] secondcityrpg, or at least it feels that way. Maybe I'm just way behind on Jason tags, which happens more often than I'd really like to admit. Rarity might be riding a dragon into battle, which is hilarious and head-tiltingly odd all at once, and Linkara is being Linkara.

Work...is work. We've tried to space projects out, but given unexpected delays, they're all raining on us at once, which is going to make this week all sorts of interesting. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel for one, though - depending on what shows up in my inbox tomorrow morning, that is either the way out or an oncoming train. It pretty much remains to be seen.

My resolution to finish fics before NaNo is going slowly. I only have one chapter of bitty!Terra left, but I also want to finish the Tron fic, and that is giving me creative problems (basically, I still can't write fight scenes or intros, what else is new). I need to attack it when I'm not bushed, exceedingly busy, or burnt out from other things.

...so basically, sometime next year. |Db

There is probably a lot more that should go into this, but I can't think of it right now. Instead, have an awesome gif.



/bows out
I started writing this at work. Fifteen seconds before my bosses walked back in from their week-long business trip, we had a power outage. I finished this one at home. TIMING 8D

And hoooooly cow this is the second to last chapter here. I'm not sure how to feel about finishing this. I mean. Wow.

As always, it's pretty much not proofread, so if I accidentally a word or anything, please let me know. :Db

He had never seen a longer staircase in his life - at least, it looked that way when he was standing at the bottom of it. )
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kiaxet: (! (David Cook))
( Aug. 27th, 2011 02:18 am)
Two and a half weeks later, I finally update my journal. At two in the morning.

Two's a great number, guys.

For those of you wondering where on Earth I've been...well, I moved, and that pretty much destroyed my free time. I've been in various states of packing and unpacking since then, I'm trying to time the very different commute to my same job, and I'm settling into a new place. It's been a crazy, interesting time.

Second City is still in the throes of DEAR GOD WHAT EVEN endgame, which is another reason this journal hasn't been updated much - I'm forever in a character journal, trying to move the plot along. The eleventh pillar is Excalibur the round table a shrubbery. Yes. I'm on to you, mods.

Also! Apps for [livejournal.com profile] itsjustagamerp have opened! It's Just A Game is a MST3K based game involving comedy, a bit of slice of life (as much Slice of Life as you can get on the Satellite of Love, at least - SOL on SOL, as it were), and a flipton of making fun of terrible things. I'm a mod. You guys should totally join. :Db

Once the writing bug hits me again, I've made it my goal to finish all of my in-progress works (with the exception of Take Two Grown-Ups) before October, since I'm going to spend October outlining my NaNoWriMo project and November writing it. Yeah, I'm taking the plunge. This will be...interesting. |D This also means I have a month and some change to finish the long-overdue bitty!Terra drabbles, the KH3/Tron crossover, and the D&D!BBS fic. I'm considering the Ponies crossover officially abandoned. That may change somewhere along the line, but right now those three are enough work on my plate.

And now, there is this lovely thing called sleeping that I'm going to go try to do. Yes.
FIRST OF ALL, AN IMPORTANT REMINDER: If you claimed stuff in my previous post, send me your address! I may have some of yours, but they're off in the ether somewhere and I wouldn't know where to begin tracking them down. PM me, email me, spam my AIM, whatever - just get me your address. I'd like to mail out the first round of stuff on Saturday, so the quicker you get me your address, the quicker you get your stuff and the easier my life becomes. :Db

Also, if you haven't claimed anything in the previous post, it's all still up for grabs. |Db

SO ABOUT THOSE LIGHTSABER KEYBLADES

I write odd things and the latest BBS/Disneyland drabble got a bit out of hand. It's all [livejournal.com profile] bouncy_erbear's fault, really.

I don't think that's a fair fight. )
This all started with a comment about how Terra's dump stats were Intelligence and Wisdom. It has very much spiraled from there. Enjoy some D&D-style fic, guys - I'm off to bed and will probably write more of this later, if only because I WAS FROZEN TODAY is too good a line to pass up.

Read more... )
Turns out an hour is not nearly long enough to get everything done that I want done in a day. Funny how these things go. |D

I'm going to be here long enough to say that we've signed the papers for a new apartment and are moving (by pieces) starting the day after SDCC, that I am stoked and a half about SDCC even though organization is fail, and the LP is going swimmingly!









So basically I love you all and I shall chat with you when I have more tiiiiiime ;;;
It's a very long and rather personal story that might get told later, but the bottom line is that Kia has a bit of a problem with being on the internet for far too long and is now on a self-imposed timer of one hour per night. It's something that'll be in place for quite a while, or at least until Things Get Better. If you have my number and something that you feel I Must Know goes down, feel free to call or text me, though don't expect a response during work hours. If not, my daily hour will likely happen sometime between 9 pm and midnight. If you need me for anything, drop me a PM or an email or spam my AIM - I'll get them when I'm signed on.

For now, and I know I'm a bit behind on putting this up, but the third episode of the LP has been up for a bit:



Episode 4 is uploading now and will take longer than I have to upload fully - watch my Youtube channel to see it when it goes up, or come back here tomorrow for the link. :Db
Episode two is up already!



Yeah, we're really zipping through this which is hilarious when each episode takes an hour to render and two to upload. Turns out the video issues happened during the first conversion, so there's nothing I can do on this end - they'll be persistent through episode four and hopefully we can fix them at our next recording session.

The TGWTG joke count is up to 7.

In other news, farmer's markets are amazing, I'm none too pleased that our diocese has decided to retranslate the mass, Trigun is the biggest nostalgiabomb ever, and my little brother answers his Twitter more often than his phone which beats my older brother not answering his at all. Also, I'll be in a family reunion in Colorado starting Thursday. Said family reunion includes the aunt and cousins that always provide me with stories (the Love look, the amazing shitting rock, deadly neurotoxin, and fans of Twilight).

Life's gonna be interesting for a while.


So [livejournal.com profile] lynxgriffin and I had fun. A whole lot of fun. 8D

There is much, much more to come.
kiaxet: (Busy busy busy!)
( Jun. 17th, 2011 12:39 am)
- IC I Never is a ridiculous amount of fun. Sunday proved that you can totally play against characters you don't know; Monday proved that it could be done over Skype, though in person is much better.
- Way in advance, but I'm really looking forward to this upcoming Gallifrey.
- I have a Plurk now! I have given in to the masses. The name is Kiaxet. Friend me.
- Second City is having a Fourth Wall Event! Throw your characters in! Have fun! Let's all be derps together!
- I drove for three hours in gray and drizzle today, all job-related, and it just wiped me out. LA traffic is not a happy thing.
- I can't figure out if I want to do Disneyland this weekend or not. I think it's going to wind up depending on Whether I Feel Like It Or Not the day of - no other factors. We'll see.

Finally - because this took me forever - I wrote another Bitty Terra drabble! There are only two left after this one. I'm almost done. It feels weird.

Either way, please beta the hell out of it and enjoy! :Db

Aqua had never thought a door could be scary. )
It's late, I'm bushed, and I've spent the entire day completely uninspired, even for tags. Wanna help me out and get fic or music in the process? Here's how:

1. Comment on this entry with a character or pairing and a genre of fanfiction (fluff, humor, smut, angst, etc.) and I will write you a one-sentence fic for it.

2. Comment with the name of a character, pairing, etc., in one of my fandoms/fandom we share. I'll post you an "instant" mini-fanmix: a cover and 3-5 songs that remind me of that character/pairing/show/etc. I'll upload the songs and everything!


Specify which prompt you want, or if you want both. I am fine with multiple characters, multiple prompts, multiple genres in prompt 1, crossovers...I just need to get writing again. Hopefully this will transfer into other things and I can finish 1) bitty!Terra drabbles; 2) KH/Tron: Legacy; or 3) BBS/MLP fic. Or the KH/Discworld drabbles, though those aren't as outstanding as these three.

Why is my writing list so long aaaaaaaa
I managed to get most of the rest of the Bitty!Terra drabbles planned out this morning. Then I worked for eight hours. So much for that. :/ This one's a bit of a consolation prize. Not sure what it's supposed to be about or even what I was going for, but it's here and I think it worked out okay.

Terra screamed himself awake... )
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kiaxet: (Starry Starry Night)
( Apr. 12th, 2011 01:01 am)
It's been a month and some change since I've written a bitty!Terra drabble. Let's change that, shall we?

As always, this is spellchecked but unbeta'd and written under a fantastic bout of sleep deprivation. Have at it, guys.

Well aren't they precious. )
I've had these written since my Colorado excursion - I just haven't been incredibly happy with them. I'm posting them anyway because 1) I'm tired of the fic drought; 2) Disneyland is fun no matter what; and 3) pretty sure you guys will enjoy them anyway. Each one gets a video preface, because if you haven't been to Disneyland then these won't make a ton of sense. |Db

Without further ado, I present the next two installments of Take Two Grown-Ups.

Attention Space Travelers )

We're Gonna Do It Right This Time )
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