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!)
Day 5 of NaNo: 11,336 words, which is only 330 words away from Monday's goal, and I'm pretty sure I would have eclipsed that by now if I'd done more than two word wars tonight. Still, I'm going to a write-in tomorrow in addition to doing my usual nightly session, so hopefully I can get a good chunk more done.

The best part is, I am really enjoying this - a lot more than I would be if I'd been doing it alone. The AIM chat, and actually doing this with people, is a fantastic motivator and just so much fun. I love you guys - you know that. ♥ As always, the chat name is oshinano and you're all welcome to join and chat and word war with people!

In other news, I'm no longer allowed to watch Air Force games, because recently, every time I watch a game, they do poorly, and every time I leave and check the score later, they win. Case in point: today's game against Army. I watched the first half, and we were down 14-0 (though the touchback at the end of the second quarter helped); I walked away at halftime, and we wound up winning 24-14. I don't get to watch anymore. XD

Also, evidently my roomies and I are now honorary KSU fans. Kristin was going to a show tonight, so we went to a sports bar nearby to have dinner. Turned out it was College Football Night and the place was absolutely packed - they were saying at least an hour's wait for a table. We headed upstairs, found a table that was being cleared off, and asked if we could sit there. The waitress asked if we were with Kansas State, then let us sit at the table anyway because Megan's coat was purple and that was good enough. (Purple's a KSU color.) We sat, we had great food, we pretended to be excited about the game, we socialized with other fans (or at least I did and completely bullshitted my way through the whole thing)...and then Phil, the party organizer, came up.

"Hi! I haven't seen you guys at our watching party before. Are you all KSU fans?"

For those of you who don't speak College Sports Football Fan, allow me to translate: "Prove your loyalty or get out of our booth."

I don't remember the last time we all BSed so hard, but eventually we placated Phil and he sat back down. We left the bar not long after that - it was time for Kristin's show, and none of us wanted to stick around when the KSU fans were all scoping out our table. I'm not sure we can ever go back, but we did have a really good time.

Favorite lines of the night:


She stopped, suddenly meeting his eyes, her gaze determined and questioning. “Tell me, do you think I’d make a good queen?”

That stopped Terra dead. There was a very clear right answer here, but something told him the princess didn’t want that answer – not if he didn’t mean it, at least – and he honestly wasn’t sure he did. It left him caught between a rock and a very hard place. “Uh,” he tried, eloquent as ever.

“Be honest with me,” she added, seeing his dilemma. “You won’t get in trouble for it, I promise.”

He sighed. There was still that pressure to say the right thing – he had a feeling that wouldn’t go away, no matter how much she reassured him – but it had lessened somewhat, and he was pretty sure she’d be able to tell if he wasn’t being completely honest with her. He’d been told in no uncertain terms that he Could Not Lie, and he wasn’t about to test the theory now. “I don’t know,” he finally admitted. “I don’t think I know you well enough to know what kind of ruler you’d be.”

She looked away, frowning sadly, and for an instant he was afraid he’d said the wrong thing, honesty be damned. “I was afraid you’d say something like that,” she said quietly, and he could hear the disheartenment in her voice. “I’m not sure anyone knows me very well anymore, and I’m not sure I know anyone either. I just-” she shook her head, that oft-worn frustration returning. “I get the feeling that everyone’s lying to me, and I don’t know how to get them to tell me the truth.”

(Yeah, it's a long section, but I'm finally getting into something resembling character development and I am just pleased as punch about that. Here's hoping it actually works out.)
NaNo Count: 9321 words. I'm 679 words away from Sunday's goal. I am completely nuts. And I'm really proud of this, to be completely honest.

The AIM chat is helping a lot - it's been great for motivation and commiseration, and I tend to get a lot written during word wars, even if most of it is introspective padding that will need to be weed whacked out during the editing process. As it is, according to my stats, if I keep going at this rate I'll be done on the 21st. Considering I wanted to be completely finished before Thanksgiving, I figure that's a very good rate to keep going at.

I'll be out tomorrow night, so I'm writing during the late morning/early afternoon - it could be as early as 11, if anyone wants to join me in the chat. I'll be a bit more specific on Plurk when I start getting close to when I'm going to write, and of course the chat is always open even if I'm not there. Communal NaNo hangout is go!

Favorite line(s) of the night:

He wasn’t witty enough to play word games, not with the Councilmen, who tended to play for verbal blood.

(That's it, really. I don't think I was too terribly clever tonight. Productive, yes, but not clever.)
NaNo, Day 3.

6699 words.

I'm past tomorrow's goal, I've worked past the gaps in my outline (I think), and my word count is an orgy.

I'm tired, but it's been a good day. |Db

Turns out that AIM chat I'm running works really well for word wars, and that's where most of my count the past two days has come from. Anyone who's NaNo-ing or paper-ing or spectating is welcome to join - the name's oshinano, and I tend to run it sometime after 8:30ish at night on weekdays. Weekends, well, who knows.

So how's NaNo and/or life in general treating everyone?

Favorite line(s) of the night:

“The Councilmen…are in charge of affairs in the kingdom, right?” Without waiting for an answer, Ven continued on. “Braig is foreign policy, Even is economy and trade, and Arlene is…something. I can never remember what she does, aside from make life miserable.”

Alternatively:

For everyone who had to put up with him – with any of them – life was a series of very creative dodges and ducks and rolls and excuses not to go up that flight of stairs or into that room because you were pretty sure you’d seen one of them in there five minutes ago and you had things to do that didn’t involve getting sidetracked by them. At all. Ever.

(Second person perspective and "really" are my crutches and I have got to stop using them. Once NaNo is over. Yes.)
kiaxet: (Curse At the Typewriter)
( Nov. 3rd, 2011 12:36 am)
NaNoWriMo.

I'm at 4135 words.

I wrote 3385 of those tonight.

[livejournal.com profile] ghettopeach, [livejournal.com profile] orelle_peredhil, whoever else is local to me: we should meet up and write and have shenanigans. I want to get a whole lot written this weekend, so. Yes. Good times. I know an awesome froyo place around here.

I'm Kiaxet on the NaNo website. Friend me.

And I still need to 1. sleep off this cold and 2. go to work tomorrow, so I am going to bed. Further bulletins - about Halloween, about [livejournal.com profile] universejuice's visit, about everything - as events and time warrant.

Favorite lines of the night:

There was something wild, poetic, and utterly stupid about fighting in the rain. He’d heard people talk about stormy battles as though they were some great romantic thing, like the lightening crackling across the sky and the thunder rolling all around was some great majestic wonder and that it made the battle that much better. In truth, rainy fighting was wet and cold and completely miserable. If Terra summoned his armor, his visibility would be all but shot and he’d be heavier, making it that much more difficult to move over the soggy ground, so for now, he was without that extra layer of protection. The lightening arcing across the sky only made him even more aware of the fact that his Keyblade was long and made of metal and that he was inordinately fond of the overhead strike, which left it pointing up at the sky – if only for a split second – more often than not. The thunder was distracting every time it boomed and made listening for his opponent, which blended well into the high grasses and overcast gloom, that much more difficult. The rain was cold and made his clothes chafe and his weapon slippery, and it was only by the grace of God and a good pair of gauntlets that it hadn’t gone flying out of his grasp already. In short, no matter how much poets and swooning girls seemed to love it, fighting in the rain sucked.
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.
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... )
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. )
kiaxet: (! (David Cook))
( Mar. 25th, 2011 03:06 pm)
I blame Erica. For everything.

There's this princess generator floating around... )

In other news, I'm in Colorado until Sunday, hanging out with the family and generally being a derp. Anybody want souvenirs?
kiaxet: (Starry Starry Night)
( Mar. 3rd, 2011 01:59 am)
I swear I get bunnied by the simplest little things. Someone today left a review on the bitty!Terra drabbles that ended with the line, "I can't wait to see Terra earning his Keyblade! :D"

My thought process following this was, "Well, that's not going to be part of the story, though I do have pretty detailed headcanon for it- oh dammit I have to write this now." This happened at around 2 pm.

TWELVE HOURS LATER, it's done. It's also kind of long, to the tune of eight pages. And it needs a beta. And I am going to bed because oh gad sleep. Anyway, enjoy~

She shouldn't have been awake. )
Ladies and gentlemen, it is 3:08 AM and I am debating buying this shirt. It will only be $10 until it sells out (likely later today), and after that it will be $15. I think it's freaking awesome.

So.

Have a poll.

[Poll #1377317]

See you all tomorrow :D

ETA: That shirt sold out in six hours flat. XD Oops.
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