[sticky entry] Sticky: Things To Make And Do.

Mar. 20th, 2012 11:19 pm
aryas_zehral: Close crop of Chiana's mouth, slightly open as if worried/breathless (Default)
aka, the things I've gone and signed up for.

Main Projects
What: 100 Things Challenge
Fandom: Panfandom/Not Necessarily Any.
Where: Masterlist
When: Ongoing
Details: 100 Posts About Creative Things I'm Doing.
Progress: 33/100

Ongoing )



And those don't even contain my real world, real life things like housework and Jobs and Applications and things. :S

Hello...?

Jul. 19th, 2016 11:56 pm
aryas_zehral: Close crop of Chiana's mouth, slightly open as if worried/breathless (Default)
Happy New Year, Valentines, Easter, Beltane, Midsummer, Birthday and anything else I've not been here for.

Went to see Ghostbusters at the weekend and I really enjoyed it. [personal profile] waltzingalong and I are talking of writing fic so I've signed up for Trope Bingo. Maybe it will cheer me up again.

2016 and I are not getting on overly well, mainly because of The Sad, which is endless and ongoing. But I don't want to be too NegativeNelly on here because its been so long and it would be nice to distract myself.

How are you? Is anyone still reading this?
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The other day I went into my old yahoo account looking for an email I was expecting but which hadn't shown up. Turns out that email address had 9999+ unread emails- in my inbox- and another 8000 in filtered folders (mostly facebook). So that was a bit of a shock. Also a reminder why I quit using that email address. It was getting out of hand.

But what I did find was an offer of another free month of Netflix. I'd tried it before when my internet was gubbed and it wouldn't work. Like at all. Also it was recent to the UK and there was nothing on it. Because I'd used my bank account to register I couldn't get another one once my internet was fixed. It was a sadness.

But now I can!!!!

But now I appear to have fallen down a 'The 4400' rabbit hole. I'd liked the shpw when it started but lost track of it super fast. I appear to have seen to tge 4400 reunion ep because I don't recognise the eps after it. It's fun. I'm wondering why I stopped watching it. :) Did any of you watch it back in the day?
aryas_zehral: Close crop of Chiana's mouth, slightly open as if worried/breathless (teen wolf: lydia scared trapped)
I did something possibly unwise. I looked up my dept from when I was doing the PhD that wasn't (as in, that I never finished) and ended up looking at the people from my cohort who are now a. Drs and b. actually working in the field/universities. There's one in New Zealand and one on Ireland and one in California and on in South Africa and a heap working here in Scotland and... I should be pleased for them, they did the work, but really I just feel sad and defeated for me. At me. About me. About all those dreams I just never did. I feel old. I'm really not. But I feel it anyway.

Work has been stressful the last couple of weeks. I am one of two administrators and the other girl was off for two weeks with stress. It was going to be one day. Then a couple of days. Then a week. Then just a couple more days. Then two weeks. She's back now but I feel... ragged. I feel... hemmed in and there's too much to do and too much of a backlog and I can't quite get to grips with it. I'm past my probation though so - yey! - permanent job. I'm debating asking for Friday off just because I could do with some time to myself but I've social things on on Friday, Saturday and Sunday so I'm not sure that it would work out. I'm just so tired. And yet I slept a full eight hours yesterday and I was still totally shattered.

I need to work out how to get energy. Where does energy come from? I feel if I could get energy I could start cracking on fixing things. I would eat better because I would have the energy to prepare better meals. I would be able to see more people because I wouldn't beg off tired. My brain would work and I could write stories and do crafts and make toys for Mr Long Legged (my sister's baby apparently looks like he has long legs on the ultrasound). I could just do more, if I had more energy. Any idea how you go about developing energy?

:(
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I plan to write! And type up.

Last night, after work, I decided to go to the Uni library for a little while. I finish work at 5. I left the library at 9.20. I think I wrote about a thousand words, did a little more checking of where I'm going, and character building. I also played a game on whatsapp with my Mum, Sister and Brother-in-Law of "what is that weird picture of?" I was also amused by the student who was using the other end of the table I was at (I snagged one of the big tables with comfy padded benchy things) who a little before seven just decided to lie down on the couch/chair and go to sleep. For an hour and a half. While his laptop, phone and wallet were right there on the table easily snaggable by anyone walking by. As it was I was there watching over it but still. When he did wake up he pretty much just put his shoes back on, packed up his stuff and headed out.

Of course since everything I wrote last night was in pen and on paper I now have to type it up. And then update NaNo. Which is going more slowly than I would hope. *shrug* But I have written everyday although I have not updated the NaNo website everyday so...

Also, tropes, I was trying to stay away from them but I'm failing in a few places. Tropes have their place right and its ok to end up falling into a few right?
aryas_zehral: Close crop of Chiana's mouth, slightly open as if worried/breathless (teen wolf - lydia born to die)
Holy Fuck The 100, even for you that was pretty dark!

Here Be Spoilers for 2x01 and 2x02 )

I'm rambling. Is anyone else watching this show? Is there a fandom for it at all because I'm not really finding it beyond Bellarke tumblrs and the odd icon?
aryas_zehral: Hermione holding a book looking at Ron and Harry in the library, over the top are the words "I, I must consult my books" (HP - Consult My Books)
The only real problem with my machine working again is that now I'm on the internet and its twenty past midnight and I did very little today.

Well I coloured in pictures and did a wordsearch and made some icons for [livejournal.com profile] gameofcards while I watched some stargate but not much housework. Whoops.

5 days til Nano...
aryas_zehral: Close crop of Chiana's mouth, slightly open as if worried/breathless (sleepy hollow: jenny wtf)
I'm so confused. One moment Sam was talking to Allison from Pretty Little Liars on an abandoned/empty/something Promethius and the next Jonas was talking about Naquadria and some chain reaction thing and in the middle there was nothing....

.... well sleep. There was sleep. I'm not even sure how Sam ended up on an empty Promethius.

In related news, I've made it to season 7 of Stargate SG1 in my rewatch and I'm enjoying the show much more than I was in some of the earlier seasons. Read more... )

Anyways, I should probably go watch the end of Grace or something and find out who is doing what with naquadria.

10x03

Oct. 26th, 2014 10:26 am
aryas_zehral: alt-Astrid thumbs up (fringe: altrid thumbs up)
Wish me luck. I'm going to try and make icons for the first time since my computer decided that it didn't do working. *fingers crossed* I've fixed it.

I'm also going to try and

1. Work out how to get those entries that didn't cross post to LJ to cross post
2. Do ALL the housework... well at least the most important ones: laundry, washing up & sorting the kitchen, sorting the recycling which is taking on a life of its own in its wee recycling corned, food for next week, cleaning the bathroom, food for next week. You know the usual weekend catch-up.
3. Work on getting to know my characters a bit more clearly for NaNo.

Which sounds like a super busy day while trying to also get rid of horrid headaches (like seriously, why would I wake up with a headache? I'm guessing dehydration and broken sleep due to stormy noises outside my window. So water and toast and ignoring it is my plan).
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I have decided to complete NaNoWriMo this year. (Positive language FTW). For those who don't know, the challenge is to write 50,000 words in the 30 days of November. This is completely doable. It's merely 1667 words a day and it doesn't even need to be polished or pretty or anything. Editing is for December, all November is for is writing. And that's what I'm going to do.

I am awesome at making up plots, admittedly plots to fix the storylines of TV shows when they do something ridiculous and awful (Glee and Stargate Universe I'm looking at you) but still I'm counting "can take a bunch of characters is a terrible situation and then write a plot that is in character for them and in keeping with the rules of the fictional universe we've seen so far but which fixes said awful situation in a dramatic, non-douchey and not plot-holey way" as a total mad skill.

What I suck at is turning plans into novels. I LOVE making plans and maybe alternative plans and maybe alternative alternative plans and the occasional ridiculous trope fic and maybe even the odd AU but when it comes to sitting down and just writing...? Yeah. I suck.

So I'm trying again and I'm going to do it this time. It's September 28th and I have a vague structure of a story. I know what the situation is, I know what the minor spanners in the works are and how they build to the first main big OMFG WTHell moment. I know how those little spanners are going to mess things up when it comes to dealing with the OMFGWTHM. I know the background, even worse except they're all distracted so they don't notice, "OMG OMG We're All Going To Die!" moment is and how it will throw even more spanners (seriously, where are all these spanners coming from?) in the works. I know what the broad strokes ending is - although not the actual final last page - and how a new equilibrium quite different from the beginning will be established. I know what the equilibrium is. I even have a vague notion for a sequel (although not convinced by that idea and anyway I should maybe finish this one first). With this in mind, and given the date, I have decided that this coming month - October - can be spent hashing out the details, getting to know my characters (because its very much an ensemble piece, all of my stories are), finding some inspirational mixes on 8tracks.com or grooveshark or wherever and pulling together some images to help me keep the landscape in mind. It can be spent fact checking, as far as I care to be entirely strict to facts or theory, and making sure the rules of that universe make consistent sense. It can get me to a point where I can start November from a place of having pinned this stuff down and can just write.

And why will this year be better than every other year that I've tried, and failed, to complete NaNo? Because this year I am not trying to write a thesis chapter and a novel at the same time like in 2010 and 2011. Because this year I am not signing up at the last minute and going "oh yeah might as well just have a punt". Because this year I am not working ridiculous shifts and demoralised and trying to find a new job and a new life and a sense of self esteem. Because this year I work nine to five and my self esteem isn't wrapped up in writing, I'm not trying to recapture lost youth or lost passion. I'm not trying to do it because its something I think I should want to do. I'm doing it because I'm already working on this novel, have been planning it for months and have some of it written already, and NaNoWriMo is going to be the kick I need to actually translate plan to action, broad strokes into actual words. I'm doing it because its something I want to do, but its not something I feel I need to do. I'm doing it because writing is fun.

T-33 days and counting....

08:01

Aug. 31st, 2014 07:26 am
aryas_zehral: Hermione holding a book looking at Ron and Harry in the library, over the top are the words "I, I must consult my books" (HP - Consult My Books)
OMG, hi, how is everyone? It's accidentally been ages. Turns out that, when I don't have an active show/fandom, I don't really come on here very much. Or turn my laptop on at all, tbh. (The fact that my laptop is a bit bollocksed might also have something to do with it- it's so slow and sometimes you have to hit some of the keys several times before they work).

I'm on right now to do three things: install my new printer (its wireless, ooooh); try and work out how to make up a cross stitch pattern (I do cross stitch now. Sometimes. In between all the other stuff I do. I'll show you sometime); and put not boring music on my phone because I haven't gotten around to it since O2 replaced the replacement. :)

03:05

Mar. 28th, 2014 01:04 pm
aryas_zehral: (mcu- tasha)
Off to see Captain America. Hope its good. :)
aryas_zehral: Close crop of Chiana's mouth, slightly open as if worried/breathless (teen wolf - lydia born to die)
Honestly not sure I want to watch last night's ep...

03:03

Mar. 24th, 2014 11:24 pm
aryas_zehral: Close crop of Chiana's mouth, slightly open as if worried/breathless (teen wolf: stiles lydia something wicked)
Man I've sucked at posting this month.

I'm trying to write words, write-y words, in an order that makes sense and isn't rubbish. It's... not going well. I used to be good at this people. I used to write Oh So Many words. And now I want to write five little ficlets of ways certain female characters can leave a show without bloody dying. :D I wanted to post this before the finale but I don't see that happening now because I'm tired and I have work in like eight hours. :(

I also want to write the children's story thing I have had brewing in my head for the last wee while. And some orig. fic. And did I not sign up for trope bingo or something? I should work on that. I just, it would be nice to write again. Maybe get into practice. But all I've done tonight is type up the words I wrote on paper the other day. (I find that my writing style is better on paper and then when I type it up it's edited along the way, does that make sense?)

What else has been happening? I got a new TV. Its huge. Its huger than it looked in the shop. Its actually the same size overall but the frame is thinner so the screen size is massive. Like proper huge. I got it on Saturday. By the time I went to bed on Sunday I had watched:

On A Clear Day You Can See Forever (1979)
- Bizarre, the psychiatrist guy was weird and seemed... out of place. Random song sung from the top of some building while he psychically stalked her was, I'm sure, meant to be funny but I found it creepy and wrong and bad and stalkerish.
Rose of Washington Square (1939)
- Kinda bored during this one, like it dragged, and unexpected blackface was... uncomfortable and creepy and >:S
Demons of the Mind (1972)
- Ridiculous and overblown but very Hammer. :D
Minority Report (2002)
- Enjoyable popcorn fluff.
Ghost Ship (2002)
- Unexpected Karl Urban!! Fairly formulaic down to the very end. Ghost still creepy me the heck out (and yet I keep putting ghost movies on!)
The China Syndrome (1979)
- I keep forgetting about this one.
Priest (2011)
- Expected Karl Urban. Always expect to like this movie more than I do what with the vampires and the post-apoca but then I don't. *disappoint*

as well as several episodes of Castle and Warehouse 13. I mean I was also sorting out random piles and bags and boxes and crates of stuff because I have too much and I want to throw things out (I bought a shredder and anything older than 2010 in paperwork is going out) so I wasn't just sitting watching TV but still... lets say not much was done this weekend. :( But new telly!! Yey.

I don't really have anything else to say. *shrug* I'm good. How are you?
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I've been rewatching Almost Human, but in the order that Wikipedia states is the production order. I've watched the first four eps which were Pilot (1x01), You Are Here(1x08), Arrythmia(1x06) and Perception(1x10)Read more... )

02:04

Feb. 23rd, 2014 12:49 am
aryas_zehral: Close crop of Chiana's mouth, slightly open as if worried/breathless (sleepy hollow: jenny wtf)
Balls! I was working on an application for a job that I discovered the vacancy for, oh, today. The closing date said 23rd February. I didn't realise that meant 22nd February at 11:59. Way to be misleading internet!! If I put down that something is due by 23rd I usually mean its due on 23rd. Ugh.

Oh well, I can just look at other jobs and just keep in mind that that website means BEFORE the date not ON the date.

I am at my Mum's, using her tiny wee HP notebook thing. I keep missing the keys because the keys are so small. I am going to my sister's tomorrow (not for any particular reason, she invited, I said yes) so I took the opportunity to eat my Mum's food. :D Tomorrow I shall eat all my sister's food and probably drawing Doctor Who baddies with my nephew.

I gave in and watched Les Mis (my step Dad loves that musical). It was... full of women as symbols instead of people and idiot men being idiots. The music on the whole just wasn't very good (not entirely convinced that wasn't the presentation more than the music because when you catch yourself thinking "Susan Boyle sang this better" then you know something's going wrong). I enjoy musicals but I did not enjoy this. I didn't even APPRECIATE it. Normally I can find something to appreciate in a film but the most I have here is "oh look they set things up to look a bit like paintings" and "oh look they're allergic to colours" and "oh look they really like close ups of faces" but not to a level that I would call it appreciation/like. *shrug* Least now Mum and Ian can stop asking me to watch it.

I asked on Postcrossing for people to be pen pals with. I have a few people to write to and hopefully something will come of it. When I get round to writing them. :S I'm not quite sure how to pitch myself in them (as in, how to sell myself in it).

How are you? What are you up to this weekend?

02.01

Feb. 6th, 2014 10:45 am
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So I went back to weightwatchers last night. I'm pretty much back up to where I started last July. *shrug* Moving on.

Because its been two months I've to start back at the beginning again which, since last July, has changed. Instead of immediately tracking you do this "Simple Start" week where you only eat things on a certain list (the 'Filling and Healthy' list) but you can eat as much as you like. So far this nom prawn saag that I like so much is on there (yey) but my usual packed lunch is problematic. The cheese (aka Cheddar) is not on the list and the nice seeded bread is not on the list. How I shall weep. I may end up having pasta salad all week in desperation. I can have bread but it has to be calorie controlled brown bread (aka theirs) and its minging. And super thin. And not that filling.

I have the urge to go buy all the things off the list but I must resist. Partly cos I probably wouldn't use them. Mainly cos I can't afford to do such a thing. Ugh. So I need to plan. I hates planning. Well. . . I hate planning food I like planning like epic never to be written fanfics. :)

Other things to do today: work out how much money I owe people, pay some of it, do lots of housework, try and work out why my computer keeps blue screen of deathing me (is said something about kernal data image before it shut down... that mean anything to anyone?). Basically a grown up day. Hate those.

How long should you keep paperwork (bank statements, bills, payslips etc)? Answers on a postcard. Or, you know, a comment.

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