lady_mab: (turn around numbskull)
I am going to make a much longer post later this evening but before I go run off to start laying out my clothes downstairs in an effort to start packing I just wanted to say hi, I'm alive, I leave for Ireland on Friday and I'm super nervous.

Also, I think I'm just going to say "fuck it" to the first 4k thing for the novel because there is no way I can even hope to edit it now or get my 1page summary to something decent sounding. I feel like I've been backing away from a lot of writing challenges (dropping from FBB, this, not taking June Camp NaNo more seriously) but I've just got to realise that I know my limits and I know what my priorities are (editing Wayfarer for the proof copies, packing for Ireland, and maintaining a social life around work so that I don't go crazy).

So yeah. Going to go blast music downstairs while I lay out clothes and then I'll be back later with a post!
lady_mab: (Default)
I'm rather distracted because I'm watching Thor and Hiddles is always distracting.

I have hit 23500 words on -0- last night. Holy shit it's turning into a monster. I think that, aside from Wayfarer, it's the longest thing I've written in a good long while. I thought Tag was long at just over 15000, but holy damn. And Adachi only just got in. So I've got about a third left to go. Oh god.

But after I hit that, I decided that I was going to take a break. Month-long for the purpose of working on FBB. Only I felt completely overwhelmed. And so, I have once again decided that it would be best to drop out of [community profile] fantasybigbang. I'm going to use this break to do other things, like read and sew and edit and relax.

But this means I don't have to freak out about my sewing projects. I'll probably work on them tomorrow after the gym.

Other than that, not much to say. I've been writing like mad.

Went to fashion district on Saturday and got some fabric for Rikku's outfit and now I need to think about how I'm going to actually put it together. Now I need to get trim for the shorts and ribbon for the back. Chris is putting together the leather things for me since he has a nice sewing machine for it.

Well. Yeah. Nothing much to say. Life has been pretty boring. Not complaining really! But now I'm not going to power-cram writing and sewing in a few short weeks.


PS I got paid for tutoring! Hoorah!
lady_mab: (odds are against you)
Bullets, because nothing really concrete:

+ I'm getting stressed over really innocuous things. Like all the driving I have to be doing the next two weeks (two trips to fashion district if I can't get Erika to drive for one of them, and then up to the picnic for AX because it looks like Ryan didn't get the time off so that means I can't pester him into driving instead). Like the thought that maybe I should drop out of FBB after all, because I can't get myself to write Zero. Like I won't be able to do all the sewing that i want to do between writing and working, and Ireland, and doing other shit.

+ Need to send laptop back sometime this week.

+ Sold Alice 19th! Need to ship it out as well.

+ Will likely send both things on Friday, since I don't have work then.

+ Got Kat to agree to go with me to Starkids on the 20th! Yay!

+ Changing "trip to vegas with girls from work" to "heading up to santa monica pier/shopping, then 6 flax" or something like that. It's... a bit more money than I was planning on spending. One more thing to stress out over because I've been spending too much money lately on eating out and buying snacks.

+ And I still need to set some money aside for things like finally getting car insurance, I think now I have to pay for my AAA roadside membership, getting Euros, fabric for FFX!Rikku and possibly Otter Penguin uniform.

+ I should go write Zero but I am really just very tired of it, even though I know I need to finish it as soon as possible so that the persono can start recording the podfic. I don't know.

Now I've gotten myself worked up. I need chocolate. Too bad i don't have any.
lady_mab: (zeitgeist)
I'm super exhausted and a bit hungry but it is late. I haven't eaten a proper meal all day, just sort of snacked. But that's okay. Here's a quick update instead!

- Walpurgisnact, Beltane, and the day after were all very nice. I didn't burn the papers like I planned, nor did I go to the beach, but I had a very lovely stay at home day and enjoyed my first few days without worrying about tutoring.

- Devoured Insurgent. No joke. Too many feelings and no where to vent them. Dianne will be reading it soon, though.

- CLEANED MY ROOM OH MY GOD. I had laundry out from back when I saw Hunger Games it has been THAT LONG. Desk is still a hopeless mess though, there is no fixing that.

- Need to crank out the second half for Zero. I got two claims for it!! AND SOMEONE WANTS TO DO A PODFIC FOR IT (/foams at the mouth excitedly). Someone also wants to do art even though they don't know the P4 fandom. I AM SO HONORED.

- Tiffany came over yesterday and we had drinks and pretended to write and watched Princess and the Frog. It was good. Then she convinced me to see the Avengers with her.

- I had many Tom Hiddleston feels. They mostly involved me going "He would make a perfect Johannes Cabal oh god why--". I had many other feels over how incredibly good looking the cast is (mmmmm tight pants galore) and how wonderful Joss Whedon is. Also very nearly burst out laughing when the movie just started and Loki was on screen and Tiffany's dad leans over and says "I just paid for your lunch! Don't you feel stupid now!!"

- Got my tickets for my flight to Ireland! Oh god you guys it's coming so quickly I don't know what to do I am so nervous and excited. I depart from San Diego on June 1st at 9:25, then arrive in Dublin at 8AM on June 2nd (got a 3 hour layover in Chicago). Then have trip times. Then we arrive back in Dublin on June 9th. I stay in a hotel overnight and depart from Dublin on June 10th at 10 AM, arriving back in San Diego at 7PM on June 10th (after a 7-hour layover ohgod). But this means I get a whole day to play in Dublin! AHHHH I AM SO EXCITED!

Okay anyway going to bed because I am so super exhausted and my stomach is going "bleh" from lack of food and I don't want to make tea and yeah. Tired but happy.
lady_mab: (you do things to me)
He pulled out the container of grass and turned it around in his hands. “For all we know, there could be something on the bottom under all the dirt.” He stepped towards the sink, preparing to dump all the dirt and plant into it.

Teddie scrambled forward, grabbing onto the Emperor's elbow before anything could happen. “Wait!”

It was obvious that the Emperor was doing his best to keep his temper in check. “What?”

“You have to eat it!”

The pause came again, long and tense, before a choked “What?” was finally drawn from the Emperor's lips.

“To reach the secret special message at the bottom of the container, you must eat everything that stands in your path! I saw it in a movie once.” The boy clenched his hand before him, feeling the sudden heat of excitement and a true quest rise up within him “The old man with the weird hand had to drink all the icky water. And no matter how much he cried, the hero would not let him give up!” He slapped a hand to the Emperor's shoulders, his eyes now alight with this fire. “You must eat the grass.”

Yeah so this just happened.
lady_mab: (turn around numbskull)
Yesterday consisted of braiding for Beltane and setting my my altar and then reading Insurgent for 10+ hours.

Today consisted of some cleansing for Beltane and then lying around on my floor pretending to clean and reading Wayfarer (without editing) and eating gummi bears.

No regrets.

Except with all the gummi bears...

Freaking exhausted from staying up so late last night. Got work in the morning. Love having an entire day to myself and having to go "oh, I need to run off to tutoring!"

Also found out I'm actually getting paid for March! $50 for the 3 or so hours I did. Good. This means there is hope for actually getting paid for April! Though it remains to be seen if they'll charge me for unfinished hours...

Yeah okay going to bed zzzalskdafj

Oh, and managed to convince myself to remain in FBB so let's get that shit done!
lady_mab: (stormy thoughts)
Okay so. I've been meaning to make a post (AN ACTUAL POST) for days now. Today's post will be in a rambly paragraph format, so read at your own peril. It will mostly consist of the remains of my anger, as well as talking about plans for next week.

So, first, to get it all out of the way: MY ANGER. At this tutoring company. Wednesday saw a 10-minute rant session to my dad, and yesterday had a 20-minute rant session to my parents. It also involved me nearly screaming my head off in public and crying in my car. On one hand, I am SO TOTALLY GLAD that April is over. Like, I could seriously cry in relief with it being over. But the company decided to inform me yesterday that they didn't accept the SLP I made for Andrea (submitted on the 11th), though they never told me why (or what I should do with the paperwork), just that any hours I completed with her will not be counted (I had around 8). They also decided to inform me yesterday that I never turned in an SLP for one of my students (I turned it in on the 20th, though admittedly it wasn't the signed version, though they just said I never turned one in period), and so I will not be able to tutor her (I've completed around 5 hours with her).

Keep in mind they sent me these emails at 3:30 on a Friday. And my last day of tutoring is Monday.

I sent replies to both emails (the first one saying "Why was it not accepted and why was I not informed of this sooner?" and the second one saying "I turned it in, and I would offer to forward it to you but I guess it would be too late seeing as my last day of tutoring is on Monday"). Of course, I won't get any responses until after Monday. If I do, I will likely promptly delete them without reading them. Because really.

Any rate, I still never found out about if I will owe them the $27 per uncompleted hour. They called me after I finished Lupe and said I would have to, and if I had any questions, I could call their payment and invoicing department. Which would be useless because if I called them yesterday then they wouldn't return my call until, what, next Thursday? Probably a month from now, knowing them.

After talking to mom about it, she announces that it is likely a scam and that they never really planned on giving the kids laptops for "completing 15.25 hours of tutoring"; that when David's previous tutor neglected to file the paperwork correctly, it wasn't the previous tutor's fault it was the company making it look that way. And that if they hire any more tutors on for the remainder of the year, that it will now proceed to look like I have been at fault for missing hours and incomplete paperwork etc.

I had to tell Andrea and Emily (and David's mom) that the company is being a jerk and screwing with all of us. I have pretty much completed all my tutoring. My official tutoring. I promised Andrea that I would let her take the post-test so she can see how much she has improved. I'm going to print it out like a worksheet and have her take it that way, and then we'll just review it together or something.


Tomorrow after work I am making copies of all the paperwork that I have completed--so that I'll have digital copies and then the "official" ones all shoved into the envelope to be mailed off on Monday morning. I am going to take all the copies (or maybe the originals and mail in copies, just to make it more satisfying) on Tuesday and use them in my Beltane ritual: BURNING THEM.

At this point, I have become so exhausted and have had no time really to relax and not stress about anything. Not to say that will all be over at the end of the month, because I am really panicking about these big bangs and I'm honestly considering dropping as an author for FBB, but after this tutoring I will officially have "me" time.

Monday is my chance to unwind. Monday is Walpurgisnacht, or May's eve. After tutoring, I'm going to B&N with Dan and Erika after not having seen them for a month or so, then I'm coming home to have a drink and do some readings with Aurora and Agrippa.

Tuesday is my chance to cleanse. It is Beltane, May 1st. I have the day off, so I am going to clean my bathroom (or at least my bathtub) I don't know when Insurgent will arrive, but I am hoping early in the day! I am going to be dressing in reds and golds/yellows, the color of Amity (from Divergent series) and even close to the colors for Beltane (yellow, green, and pink). I'm going to the beach to read and cleanse my crystals and decks. Then I'm going to bring some sea water home with me, and set up candles around my bathtub and mix the sea water in the bathtub with a little bit of tap water, then proceed to burn all the paper work. Beltane is a celebration of fire, and it is believed that jumping over a bonfire or even a candlestick will help cleanse you. While I can't exactly jump over flames easily in my setting, burning the source of my stress from the past month will be a wonderful release (and it will be into a bathtub filled with my element, water).

So yes, looking forward to that.

I've finished plotting Zero for the most part, and all I need to do is power-through and finish writing it. I found a beta, which is wonderful, and she loves it so far. I'll type up my outline and then send it in with the rough draft on Sunday or Monday. But I honestly don't have the time or the energy to work on FBB. Which, while sad because I do love that story, I would not be able to make it. Not if I also want to do a decent job of editing wayfarer on top of writing Zero. Of course, I'll still be doing art/mixes for it, so. We always need more artists compared to writers. Maybe I'll save it for next round or something.

For those of you who haven't heard, Legend of Korra has been stealing my soul. I need icons. I want to screencap it and then make a pretty picspam but then I see all these pretty graphics on tumblr and I just go "bwuh how does u photoshoop?" (/just like that). But it has been stealing my soul. And I am seriously in love with it and it's potential and I will cry if it only ends up being only the 14 episodes they have planned (they can't call something Book 1 and then not have anything else!!!!!) because there is SO MUCH they can do with the world and 10 more episodes won't cut it FANFICTION!. Chris, Taka and I have created an OC pro-bending team. We are called the Otter Penguins. We're going to dress up and do a photoshoot in the summer. It will be awesome.

Speaking of cosplay, on top of suddenly deciding to do the Otter Penguins (I bought a black wig for my character! I can't wait to get it and style it!), I've decided to add FFX!Rikku to my cosplay list! Oh my god! I've been wanting to do her forever. Now I will! My friend Jessa is actually doing an FFX group (Yuna, Tidus, Wakka, and Lulu) and so I am very excited because I will have people! And they're all amazing cosplayers so I have my work cut out for me. I also asked if she could bring her Roxas so we can take pictures as Roxas and Namine and she said okay *A* (and her Tidus is also her Sora and so that might happen as well and EEEE). Sorry I'm just filled with excited feels because Kat was my cosplay buddy and she's gone ;a; (/makes grabby hands). We're having a trip to the Fashion District in May. It will be grand.

Okay whelp I should go I've got work for six hours tomorrow. But then I am getting stuff to prepare for Beltane and then copying paperwork and doing laundry. And maybe editing.

The only thing I will be sad about no longer tutoring is not having that netbook.

PS: Artemis you damn phone what are you doing what is wrong with you ugh I think I will turn you off and use something else for an alarm just in case.
lady_mab: (Default)
(but if you follow me on facebook and I think on twitter you would have seen already):

I BOUGHT TICKETS TO GO SEE STARKIDS!!!! And I watched their new musical, Holy Musical, B@man! They're in San Diego May 20th, the day before I leave for Vegas with the girls from work so I'm so super stoked I actually get to catch them!

Sadly, Florence + The Machine does not have any SoCal stops past SB and Coachella sobs I want to see her in concert

Time to go put on some P4 music and write Zero!
lady_mab: (you do things to me)
I can't believe it either. Just two weeks of April left! So much left yet to do.

A lot of the parents of my students have been asking me if the kids will be getting the laptops at the end of the tutoring, or if I can come back more than twice a week, or if I can stay more than an hour a day. And I feel really guilty saying "no I can't" or "I don't know". Because it's really unfair to both the students and to me that the company put us in such a position. No I cannot get even close to 15 hours for seven students, especially when I only started tutoring two last week. Starting next week, I have to schedule post-tests for everyone. I don't honestly expect some of their scores to rise all that much because I have had so little time with them. But just two more weeks. Two more weeks. Technically less since the last week won't be all tutoring.

It rained last Friday so the bonfire was going to be rescheduled. Ryan wants to go bowling on a Monday or Tuesday but a lot of people decided to just go ahead and do the bonfire this Friday. Ryan won't be able to go since he's got plans already, and I don't think I'll be staying that long because I'll have tutoring until, what, 7:30 I think? And then I have to be up early on Saturday for AX meeting. But it will be nice to go to the beach. The weather has been lovely lately.

So, yes, meeting for AX on Saturday. Gotta be there as close to 9 as possible, which means getting up at 7 (which is fine I've been doing that without an alarm anyway) and leaving at 8 (that's the tricky part). Will be there most of the day so I haven't been able to schedule tutoring for Saturday. There's a form from way back when that I never filled out so I should actually do that and bring it to Jonathan... whoops haha

For those of you that haven't heard, I printed out Wayfarer and stuck it in a giant binder! I want to start editing it, but I really should be writing. And I Haven't been writing. Mostly because when I have the time, I just want to relax because I never really have the time. But guh. I have two weeks left to get as much done of Zero as I possibly can (and reread Divergent if possible) and then comes May, when I must cram in my FBB and somewhere in between read Insurgent and start editing.

My plans for today after this post:
- Clean room while rocking out to Mumford and Sons
- Print out worksheets for students for today (and tomorrow)
- Go to tutoring
- Work in writing if possible

Friday I'll do laundry. And get more writing and possibly editing done.

Had to get my car repaired. It cost somewhere around $1000 though I'm only going to be paying for half of it. Haven't had the chance to talk to parents about what I'll be paying since they picked it up yesterday while I was at tutoring. Of course, I also keep asking my dad to send me an updated total of what I owe him for my cellphone and he never does. Hm.

I think I remembered what I wanted to write for my NaNo novel! And it involves Fe, Finn, and Othello and my attempt at writing horror! Well, horror in the Ghost Hunt sense. Fe is a modern-day witch. I haven't decided which kind yet, but I have been following blogs of a lot of witches and have been utterly fascinated by some of the things they do. I don't think I'll make her someone who dabbles in dark magic but I want to make a character she knows that does. I think Finn will still be a religious person, though he keeps quiet about it. And Othello is just sort of there. I really need to think of a reason why he gets roped in with them. But they're going to fight ghosts and spirits and it's going to be awesome!

Speaking of witch-y things, I really want to set up a mini altar. I know where I want to put it, but then I'll have to find another spot for all my Lego mini figures LOL (well, as well as everything else on that shelf because not everything I want to keep in my altar). I am thinking of changing my bamboo to my old fish bowl because it's been in that vase for far too long (almost seven years) and it's probably not good for it's roots. It is starting to die, so I want to see if there is any way to get it flourishing again. Also, Beltane is coming up on the 1st. Since it is a Tuesday, it calls for a trip to the beach!

Mom and I have already started talking about packing for my trip to Ireland. I am so so so excited though I have to keep reminding my dad to buy tickets because if not then they will just get more and more expensive. YOU GUYS. IT'S JUST A MONTH AND A HALF! AHHHHHH!

Okay I've got an hour and a half to clean my room and get dressed. Let's go.

Here's a six-word story. Back to my FBB because I haven't written for that in ages:

They're carved carefully, lovingly, from bone.
lady_mab: (there might be tears)
This is to [personal profile] kit_kit and [personal profile] maraudersara:

So I created our Writers of Yore tumblr! check it out this way! I sent email invitations to the emails you guys used to sign up for FBB just... because I had those on file and I can't invite tumblrs I have to invite emails (yeah idk either).

As you can see at the bottom left corner, it has "the MAB", "the KIT", and "the SARA". Those are for little "about us" pages. I was thinking that we can do things like talk about projects we're working on and a list of "title tags" (as in, whenever we make a post for a specific story we're working on aka I use Wayfarer for my NaNo novel, we can include that on our "about us" page so people will be able to look at our 'profiles' and go "oh so they wrote that AND that and here is a nice handy link to all the posts under this tag!"). Don't worry about any of the coding or anything like that. I will take care of that myself. All you have to do is write up your profile and I will do the rest!

Feel free to use it as little or as often as you like. Post blurbs from your stories or rants and discussions about characters, whatever have you. Enjoy.

Real post up later~
lady_mab: (turn around numbskull)
Here is my attempt to figure out things

+ While I cannot say when the start of the tutoring actually began, the company and VUSD have had an agreement to get X number of students tutored for 15.25 hours by the end of April. At least, that would be the logical thing.
+ Due to the failings of previous tutors and VUSD's inability to keep track of things, more tutors are required to be hired very late into the game.
+ Very late means March 15th.
+ I get my students on March 20th, I call them March 23rd.
+ I am told when I am hired that there is NORMALLY a penalty fee of $27/hr/student that you do not complete. I am told when I am hired that this fee is going to be waived because I am being hired so late.
+ I am given 6 students.
+ I have difficulties with the company and the website and am unable to start pretesting my students until the very very very end of March/beginning of April.
+ I get my first round of paperwork turned in, contact the families I couldn't contact before, and everything is hunky-dory.
+ I even pick up a seventh student! (the sister of one of my six)
+ I receive an email saying
"P.S. Please note that the more tutoring hours our students complete the greater academic success they have. Therefore, it is important to complete as all of the tutoring hours allotted. Per your contract with us, it is your responsibility to complete the maximum number of hours. You can be held fully liable for the penalty of $27 per hour for each unfinished hour with each of your students. For 1-on-1 Learning with Laptops students only: Please note that in order for students to receive and own their own computer, they must complete all hours of tutoring."

+ Keep in mind, this is on Monday.
+ I immediately send an email back saying "I was told that the fee would be waived because I was hired so late. It is not logically possible to finish 15.25 hours for seven students in less than a month."
+ Keep in mind, this is on Monday.
+ Today is now Thursday.
+ I have not heard back from them.

And now I am having car troubles, have three sessions for tutoring tomorrow to juggle around with my car and my mom and her work and thank god I don't have work and it's supposed to rain tomorrow and we're supposed to have our bonfire and can it just be may yet?

Real post later. Maybe.


Apr. 11th, 2012 03:25 pm
lady_mab: (you do things to me)
This is for [personal profile] kit_kit and [personal profile] maraudersara.

The Magician was the one to speak up first, though his words were muttered like a passing thought to himself. “Comic sans is the font of serial killers.


Er, sorry. The letter is written in comic sans. I was just thinking that... it’s sort of like... the font of serial killers...” His sentence, which had started out strong, petered out at the end as he lost confidence in what he was explaining.

Now, off to writing some more of -Zero- for about 40 minutes, then off to tutoring. Then off to hanging out with Tiffany, Kelsey, and Kathryn! Eeeee~
lady_mab: (you shall die)
Good things I forgot to update about/update on things that happened:

+ I got paid on Friday! MONEY. LOTS OF IT.
+ Really excited for bonfire on Friday. I need to ask Ryan if it will be okay for me to post about it on the bulletin board. But he's up at the water park and I keep forgetting to ask him on FB. Whoops.
+ Seeing Hunger Games again tomorrow! With Erika and probably Luke. I don't know what time. I'll ask one of them to look up times.
+ Hanging out with Tiffany, Kelsey, and Kathryn on Wednesday! We're going to have lots of delicious food at Tiffany's and then make dessert and watch movies and play games or something exciting. It will be lots of fun!
+ I FOUND OUT TODAY THAT, AFTER THIS NEXT WEEK, THE PARK WILL BE CLOSED AGAIN ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY! I thought we were open all week for the rest of the month but NOPE. THIS MEANS I WILL HAVE DAYS OFF. And we won't be opening at 9 anymore which means I won't have to open window at 8:15 anymore! YAY! TIME TO WRITE AND SLEEP AND GO TO THE GYM AND PREPARE LESSON PLANS AND WRITE AND READ AND WRITE!
+ I am likely not going to do most of that writing from the above bullet but oh well.

That is all! I am tired! Time for bed! I need to be up at 6 tomorrow! Or close to it. On time to leave by 7:45. But we have quiche and croissants to eat for breakfast. Yum yum.

Posty post!

Apr. 8th, 2012 08:46 am
lady_mab: (there might be tears)
Right then I am waiting for my nails to dry since I FINALLY painted them! They look a little sloppy but who cares. They're a pale pink! I want to go over them with silver glitter but I don't know if I'll have time today so I might just wait until I get home from work.

D'arvit I just messed this finger up royally. Uh. Whoops. Okay fixed it now I just have to be very careful.

What now.

Behind on writing but I think that if I just manage to set aside time for myself I will get it done no problem. That's the problem tho, setting side time for myself. On average I get home around 5 or 6, so I should just set 6:30 as my "I'm writing for the next hour do not disturb" and go upstairs to write. Only my desk is a mess so I would have to clean that off before I do that. But I want to get as much done for -Zero- as I can before the May 1st rough draft deadline. Because then I need to work on the FBB story, and do edits on Wayfarer before the end of June. Bah.

As per Soups' request I am going to make a Writers of Yore tumblr for Sara, Kit and myself. Or I suppose anyone who wants to join really? I don't know how it's going to work yet. But we'll see. I also decided to convert my old Mera Werner tumblr that I used for Panem October to be turned into my sewing blog (because my character was the daughter of a merchant in D12 and they sold ribbons and cloth and stuff like that, so the name of it is "band-warin" meaning something like "ribbon guardian"). Then after April I will start using it more since I will be able to go back to sewing!

As I am skipping on Script Frenzy, I think I am going to participate in June's Camp NaNo. Unofficially, of course. I'll miss the first ten days and that will put me really behind, and on top of everything else there is no way I'll actually manage to finish 50k in that month (July would have been better haha). But I've been listening to a lot of Explosions in the Sky and they have always reminded me of the Knights from Deus and so I want to work on Deus. It won't be quite "Deus Light" aka just the knights because I do love Aislin and Evan and Mei and Aleks and Papa!Colbert and Mitch and everyone. Though I don't know how accurate I'll be able to do most of the Egyptians. I might just leave in Owen, Mable, Mitch, and maybe York? But I need Mitch to work with Aleks and you can't ignore Owen and Mable. I suppose that means I'll have to throw in whoever it was that was Set's wife. Oh, and Davie. Can't forget Davie. And Brianna and Bree because I'll have Aislin. And then all the knights. I should technically ask everyone if I can use them? I don't know. I'll ask Cara because I'll want her help with the Egyptians and I dunno. Doing it for the heck of it but I really love the characters and so I don't want to not write them even though they're not all mine. But it will be great.

And then I have to remember what I was going to do for actual NaNo. I've only had one good idea for a story lately but I have since forgotten it since it was based off a dream. I could technically finish WonderHearts...? Since for August's Camp NaNo I am finishing my story from last year. It can be the year of finishing novels! Hm. I don't remember.... I thought I had an idea sobs

Okay well I have to go finish getting ready for work and get breakfast. Erika and I might go see Hunger Games later today lolol what a way to celebrate fertility and rebirth, right? LOL

PS this is my least favorite song on the HG soundtrack :/
lady_mab: (by any other name)
Here we go!

A: Antique glass shatters as time shifts.
A: We follow after the retreating sun.
B: They're only out for the brain.
C: It tasted faintly of boiled cabbage.
C: Only the whites of her eyes.
D: The choice is difficult, but necessary.
E: A million volts spill from her.
F: Even with a different face: Forever.
F: Impregnable and lasting, walls stretching high.
G: Grapes crushed to wine beneath feet.
G: Paint fading after too many summers.
H: It'll stop hurting as you die.
I: The water trickled slowly through dirt.
J: "What a plot twist," Joker said.
K: "Koala bear," she snapped, "won't work."
K: All that glitters -- a regular magpie.
K: Kayaks cutting through the still lake.
L: Her mouth twisted, sharp and sour.
L: The yellow moon hangs low tonight.
M: "Excellent," she said, twirling her moustache.
N: "We are one, together," she whispered.
O: The color of fire, warm, inviting.
O: He returns home a different man.
P: "You'll pop, just like that weasel."
P: A lovely curtsy, a fowl mouth.
Q: "I will obey," said the queen.
Q: She paused, the question left unspoken.
R: Her lungs full to bursting -- straining.
R: Stones slick with moss are scattered.
S: Sacrifice the foot, if it'll fit.
T: "Happiness," he said, "is good tea."
U: He pulled back, flushing bright crimson.
U: It spreads to cover every inch.
V: Lights form a halo, blinding her.
V: Strings of infected code breaking down.
W: In place of blood it flows.
X: It's a frightening, unfamiliar strangeness.
X: Her small chimes make tinny sounds.
Y: Yak burgers, she decided, are delicious.
Y: KIT and HAG don't mean much.
Z: We reach the zenith, toppling over.
Z: A full cycle of animal guides.
Z: We mix together, stripes bending shadows.

Okay so I am technically missing three but I can't think of anything for "vole", "Jejune", and "quark". I feel like some of them turned into riddles where you have to guess what the prompt was LOL here is the post with the original prompts.

lady_mab: (you do things to me)
+ I know it might not seem like it, but I am alive. Hanging in there. April was off to a super rough start on the first but it has since wound down. I am doing my best not to stress. I am doing quite well at it, except for the fact that I have my SLPs due on the 6th and I don't think I can get a hold of one of my students in time to test her. And I've technically started tutoring for students before getting their SLPs approved.

+ Ooops I've had this open for about half an hour already and just only wrote that top bit. Curse you, tumblr.

+ I realised that this weekend is Easter. Doesn't mean much. My mom said don't worry about it since none of the cousins are likely to make it. I have work until 4, Jennifer is in LA, Kiiya is in San Francisco, Cameron is moving into a house, and Claire is in Riverside.

+ Next weekend is the bonfire! I need to talk to Ryan about inviting other people. I wonder if Xavier has been invited, or if any of the new people have. But I am excited! Our bonfires are always super fun ;D

+ I should go to bed...

+ Writing has not been happening. I leave the house at around 7:45 or 8:00 and I don't get home until around 5 or 6. I'm not used to these sort of hours. The last time I had these hours I was working front office admin and so I could sit around on the computer all day once I finished what I was supposed to be doing. Now I actually have to interact with people (can I get a resounding "ewwwww").

+ In related news, I've gotten a good amount of my 6-word-alphabet stories done? It's looking like I have about 5 left! I'll finish them likely tomorrow and then type them all up and share them with the word. Mmyep.

Well I'm sure there is plenty more I can say. But I really need to go to bed since I need to get up at like 6:30 (preferably earlier but will likely be later) tomorrow because I have work at 8:15 and I've been late way too often (and by late I mean clocking in just barely within the grace period). After work tomorrow I will go chill at Panera and do some organizing and writing and breathe easy for a spell. Tea will help. I am sure of it.

Cheers, and love you all!
lady_mab: (Default)
Just to keep me going, here are a list of things I am looking forward to between now and the end of the year. Will be added to as I go.

- Beach bonfire with people from work!

- Trip to Vegas with girls from work!
- APOCALYPTOUR for Starkids!

- IRELAND!!!!!1!! (/foams at the mouth)
- AX!

- AX cont.!
- My birthday

- Camp NaNo! In which I finish the story from my previous camp nano

- Dapper Day!
- Photoshoots with Autumn!

- NaNo! Oh geeze I have forgotten what I was going to write for this but I thought I had settled on a story...

- Japan and Korea hopefully!

- Possibly moving depending on bank account!
lady_mab: (blushes)
Okay so while my internet is down aka I can't just be distracted by my tumblr I shall update really quickly like!

I am going to be very spotty on here, because the next month is going to be long and a lot of work and I will actually need to manage my time. Which is something I've never really done, like studying. It will be interesting to see if I can pull this off, and how much of my sanity is in tact when April is over my bank account will certainly help in restoring my sanity ;D

Got hold of the company finally! They reset my password (after she gave me the test codes I needed right away), and then she also set up a meeting with the two families I couldn't because of the Spanish language block. Um. So it's going to be busy busy busy! I need an Effie Trinket to help me manage my time really.

I almost did break down in the middle of Panera though. I got off two hours before my tutoring session so I went to Panera to get some food because all I had for breakfast was a banana and an apple, and then some cracker sandwiches during my break. While I got everything resolved, I just felt completely overwhelmed thinking about "how am I going to get this all done?! What if this-and-this doesn't happen? How am I going to reschedule all these shifts?" I don't know. But my first time cards are due soon even though I did things out of order so I might not be paid for anything this month. Who knows. They have yet to get back to me...

And it turns out we're doing Easter at our house. Which just means that I will have to be social with family. It will be the first easter in like... three years that I will be present for? Last year I was at a cosplay gathering, then the year before that was Disneyland, and the year before that was An Cafe! Do not regret any of those events in the slightest. But this year I'm not doing anything but working.

What else.

I am up later than planned but that is okay.

I had such an interesting dream this morning. Normally I can tell when I am dreaming and accept it, but this dream I had I was honestly convinced that it was real. Well, I say real but I mean dream!me thought I was watching an anime. And I loved the soundtrack and really wanted to download it. And I wanted to cosplay the girl. I remember her outfit well enough that, if I feel brave, I might attempt to make it I don't know how I feel about sewing a tutu/petticoat though. I don't remember a lot of the character's names, but one of them I am convinced is named John. And the snotty girl is named Kathleen. I know this for a fact, and it won't be changed. The main boy was named Neko and no matter how I think to change it, his character is set around it being 'Neko' (probably because I thought this was an anime so the name seemed okay but now I am half going NEKU and also NIKO). The girl, whose outfit I want, is named Priscilla, but everyone calls her Scilla (skilla). Why, I don't know, but again that's how it stuck in my head.

I'm not going to talk about it now because I could go on. But I will make a writers of yore tumblr and then talk about it there. Because I can.

I don't have anything else to say. I am going to give you a 6-word story. Maybe one day I will have time to actually write. Though I've been spending most of my free-time reading.

Cover his eyes to conceal lies.
lady_mab: (that endless summer)
Okay so!

Despite my three phone calls, two voice mails, and one email, company has not gotten back to me. I am still unable to log into the tutoring web page and thus I am unable to get the codes for the tests.

I have two sessions scheduled for tomorrow.

Instead of rescheduling AGAIN I am just going to go, regardless of what happens with the company, and get to know the students, their families, see what they think they'll need work on/what their learning is like, and then set up a (hopefully) regular schedule for sessions. The session I have on Wednesday will be fine because she's already taken her test. I still can't get a hold of two of the families because they speak mostly Spanish and the company hasn't gotten back to me, and the last one is out of town until the 1st so I'll get her test set up then. Gah. Now I just need to see if Ahn or Carlos will switch shifts with me on Wednesday and it will be golden.

All in all, I have decided to stop freaking out about it. I still need two or so days of no Legoland work to just figure out everything and get ready. Friday is too far away to manage that. But I will prevail!

Kat randomly IMed me last night while I was reading manga ♥♥♥♥ it was good to talk to her again. (I can't wait to visit youuuuuuu! One daaaaaaay.) She got to listen to me fangirl over Frau and 07-Ghost. I listened to her eat an apple that was (apparently) as big as her head. Good times.

Today was north gate which means I just sat around and read Artemis Fowl and the Arctic Incident. I am going to figure out when I work tomorrow and then go curl right back in bed and finish reading it. Because I start work at 8:30 tomorrow and I wanted to wash my hair but I might not get the chance. Urgle. Early mornings and long days. Just think of the paycheck, that's what I have to keep telling myself.

Um. What else.

Haven't been doing any writing. But again I feel like I'm sort of dying under work related things right now.

Got an update on Ireland! We might head up to County Mayo for a day to go hiking at Croagh Patrick park and visit the statue of St Patrick haha I JUST WANT IT TO BE JUNE ALREADY. I AM SO EXCITED AND I WANT TO TAKE ALL THE PICTURES! I think I'll be the youngest person going on the trip ahur BUT PICTURES AND GOOD MUSIC. I WANT THEM NOW.

I have an idea for a Hunger Games graphic that I want to make, but I don't have the time to sit down and make it :/ just like I don't have the time to draw these two picture ideas I have (much less alone work on ones I am sitting on), or write, or design outfits for my FBB, or any number of things.

Once April is over I will breathe easy, I think.

Tonight's -0-!inspired six-word story I almost typed sex-word:
The Shadow summons a new beginning
lady_mab: (heartbeat heartbreak)
+ Wasn't able to resolve technical issues. Have to reschedule tutoring. Can't do it on Monday because I forgot I get off work at 6 because North Gate. I still can't stop stressing out about tutoring, but it is mostly because I have super long hours at Legoland and so it is impossible to contact the families and set up tutoring sessions at reasonable hours. And it is hard to get a hold of this company. Blah.

+ Never figured out what the second laptop is for. Fedex didn't leave it behind even though I signed and told them to leave it behind the gate. Oh well.

+ Got a bonus at work! Hello extra $170. I like you. Still need to figure out when to make it over to NFCU. Got to deposit like, $400 or so into savings, use about $40 to go towards credit card paying off, and yeah. That sounds good.

+ Mom is threatening to take my car keys and drop me from the auto insurance if I don't get my own by the end of the month. So I need to get on that. Only I don't have time to get on it. I'll try on Tuesday. I get off work at 2:30 on Tuesday though I should schedule for tutoring then ugh

+ Started writing -0-! I'm going to force out a bit more before going to bed since I ended up getting distracted on the internet. I am getting some more plot things down. I will go add them to my plot post some time later. I need to figure out when that rough draft is due. Soon. Too soon. May 1st. That's actually not too bad. Okay. I need to write down all my BB deadlines in my planner haha

+ As I glossed over, long hours at work all next week. As in 44 hours total. I get Friday off, but that's so far away and not nearly long enough ugh but if I can just get Wednesday rescheduled then I will feel better. And if my request for getting off at 3 until 4/30 gets approved. Then I will breathe a whole lot easier about, well, everything. Next Sunday, though, Ryan and I are training four people for turnstiles. It's uh. Going to be interesting. And freaking long. But always color me happy to work with him.

+ What else?

+ There was something else but I don't remember.

+ I'm still not recovered from Thursday/yesterday so I'm going to write this last bit and then go to bed. I start work at 10:30 tomorrow so I can afford to sleep a bit longer.

+ And here it is, your 6-word story based on -0-:

He's tired of following the Fool.

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