borealgrove: (Out of Bounds)
I had the biggest inspiration rush for my ACBB story this afternoon (luckily right around break-time, so I wrote lots of notes), and I worked out a bunch of stuff that I had been hung up on over the weekend. I still can't tell how long it's going to end up, but I am in love with the story I've come up with, and I'll see it through either way this is me psyching myself up so that I do the thing. I've gotten into my pjs, I've been fed, and I am ready to go.

Okay, sorta. One last thing. As I was walking home (through a very light snowfall--thought we were done with that, but apparently not), the following song came on, and it matched the mood I was thinking of for the story perfectly. It's a beautiful song in and of itself by an Ontarian duo who I have had the pleasure of seeing live, and always stays in my head for the rest of the day when I hear it... but to hear it this afternoon was a nice coincidence.



Georgian Bay - Les Mots

You can read the original lyrics by following the link, but I've done a quick translation below the cut if you're not familiar with French. :)

English translation... )

borealgrove: (Just Hold Me)
I did end up finishing my Merlin rewatch this afternoon, and the ending was nearly as devastating to watch as the first time I watched it the whole way through. I made myself a cocoon out of my bathrobe and sat in front of the TV to cry intermittently for a good hour while my partner gently poked fun at me about it (though it should be noted that by the end of Diamond of the Day pt.2 he was fully engaged in the plot and said that was such a good series, why didn't they ever continue it?). Ah, BBC Merlin. You were and continue to be a good egg.

I'll put a few remarks under a cut, just in case.

Read on if you don't mind spoilers... )

This last bit doesn't even need to be under a cut, because it's not a spoiler of any kind :

- Merlin's entire life revolves around Arthur, no joke, actual fact, I literally don't know how else to put this lol

Anyway. FEELS.

After going through that emotional upheaval, I sat down and got some actual writing done--1K in total so far together, a larger chunk going towards FS because I'd like to get that next chapter out of the way first. But I completed a scene for my ACBB fic and I am very pleased with it. I am so excited to keep writing this thing--it'll be a little gem of a thing if I pull it off! Though I have to say, I'm not sure if the story as a whole will end up being long enough to submit to ACBB once complete. Oh well! It'll be however long it needs to be to make sense, and that's all I can do about that.

BACK TO WORK, self. BACK TO WORK.

Pancakery

May. 1st, 2017 09:48 pm
borealgrove: (Layabout)
I had quite the weekend, trying to get myself into a mood to write. Ha! Didn't quite work out the way I had planned (though things seem to be flowing a little better now). Our second escape room attempt of the month turned out much, much better than the first one, mainly because we had a better group (all six of us were pretty on the ball with figuring out the puzzles, and there was no naysaying-without-offering-alternative-ideas). We were so close to escaping, but didn't quite manage to get the last puzzle finished in time because we got stuck on one for a little too long in the middle. We're all hoping for an escape on attempt #3, in the final room of the establishment. It has a magic theme, so I'm 1000% down.

We went for pastries and tea at a Japanese café and then parted ways mid-afternoon. My brother and his girlfriend went off on their own (I think my brother was already contacting all his friends to try and set up a second escape attempt... it was his first escape room that day and he was hooked lol). One of my friends had a dinner to attend. My partner went off to a dodgeball meet. Me and my other friend killed a couple of hours not-quite-window shopping downtown, and then met my partner after his dodgeball had finished, for supper. I got to wear my new cat boots and use my new bag, which I had just finished sewing my skeleton cat patch on. jkdfnksdmla; So cute ♥

Anyway, Sunday was just me against myself. The most productive thing I managed was to get myself dressed to go buy milk, so that I could make pancakes to eat while I continued my Merlin rewatch (that is my usual pattern on Sunday mornings). Only three episodes left now until the end, which I am both looking forward to, and not. It wrecked me the first time, which was why I have never fully rewatched the series until now (I've mostly just rewatched the first two seasons, and some things here and there). But rewatching it in full, knowing what the ending is, what sort of twists are to come... man. Good thing I like laughing my butt off and also having my soul ripped out. Who doesn't!

The rest of that afternoon was spent trying to get myself to focus on writing, and not achieving said focus. I hammered out a small but solid start for the untitled ACBB fic, but not much else. I've managed to get some focus together today, but I have no idea if I will end up completing a minimum of 15K words by the end of the month for ACBB matching... not the end of the world if I don't manage this time. I'd rather drop out than rush. But I think, no matter when it is that I get it finished up, it'll be good :)

For now, I'm working on FS. It came first, so I intend to meet that chapter commitment before I truly dig into ACBB-fic.

It's really hard to believe that I just sort of gave up writing for nearly four years. It feels so natural to moonlight as a fic writer :p

Ah well. Back to the chapter, and my tea. Tonight I've had Chocolate Cake and Buddha's Blend.
borealgrove: (Angel of Procrastination)
I felt like yesterday was Friday... which made the workday today feel incredibly long. It was either that, or the fact that I was kept up (more or less willingly) until about 1:30 am last night because my partner and his friend (who was staying over) could not stop giggling and trying to scare me with ghost stories. I scare easily. I also start to act drunk if I'm too sleepy. Weird night.

We did get a very impressive thunderstorm though, and some green lightning flashes behind a wall of clouds, which I had definitely never seen before. This prompted some very lazy research with the help of google, where I concluded, after viewing one webpage, "yep... it's a thing".

I've finally settled on crossposting from DW to LJ; while I much prefer DW in general, there is still a large chunk of fandom left on LJ (or still figuring out the logistics of moving), so I'd probably miss a lot of fun if I stopped all activity on my LJ. Comments are open on both my journals, and I'll be checking friend posts on both sites, so... I think that's about it. See you wherever I see you!

My excellent plan for this weekend was to catch up on all my messages and then focus on starting the ACBB fic and getting a good chunk of FS chapter 11 written out. In short: not agreeing to do A Fun Thing with people. That being said, I've already agreed to an escape room tomorrow (this time I roped my brother and his girlfriend into our group, so we should avoid the massive stranger fail of the previous escape attempt). An escape room will probably lead to other activities like: going out for ice cream and/or supper, going shopping, and/or going to a board game cafe. Which are all things that spell less time spent on writing. I need to kick my butt into high gear. Maybe pull an all-nighter by getting hopped up on tea. Terrible idea. Great idea.

Played some Mass Effect 2 over supper (what kind of casual frickin day is this?), and Garrus still has not sent me information regarding his loyalty mission. I know it'll happen eventually, after I complete a handful of other, random missions but... come on. I want to start flirting with this Turian already. Throw me a bone Bioware! Interesting choice of words.

Finally, this webpage conforms perfectly to my interests: These are Truly Useful Cat Smileys!

I've gathered some cute cat smileys to use on Twitter and blogs! Happy cats, sad cats, pawing cats, content cats, determined cats, sleepy cats... I've collected lots★

Okay, that's enough out of me. Time for tea and crab apple writing mode.

...ah, what the hell. I'm making that into a damn tag.
borealgrove: Death beckons, draws them close. (She Draws Them Close)
I kept meaning to sit down and write a lengthy account of the past week (or so), but so much time has now passed that the best I feel able to muster is writing down the highlights.

I have two jobs within the same company, and have a full, otherwise-normal schedule... but for several days, my manager at one of the workplaces took a well-deserved vacation, so I was asked to fill in. This meant working slightly longer hours, having to put some things at the other workplace on the back burner, and doing a little bit of running back and forth. It was great experience, and only for a few days, but it was exhausting. I would come home, slump onto the floor, groan, and then get up and play Mass Effect. I didn't have time to write at work (breaks? what breaks?) and was too drained to get into it when I got home. The Easter long weekend was a nice reprieve, at least, but even then I couldn't get myself in a relaxed enough place to write properly and instead became fixated on moving to DW and refreshing my Tumblr dashboard. Fun fun.

Getting back to a normal schedule has helped a little, in that I'm writing lots of notes during my breaks (and I've made a cursory effort at a scene tonight), but I'm still waiting for that burst of inspiration and creativity that always seems to hit me at least once a month. Aaaaanytime now, brain...

The big event of this past weekend was that I got a haircut.

A big event, because I last cut my hair about a year ago -- several disappointing hair cuts/stylists in a row had just made me really, really reluctant to make the trip to any salon. Instead I was doing my own bleaching/dyeing and just kind of ignoring my multiplying split ends. But this past weekend, while combing my hair, the split ends got a little too cozy with eachother (read: my comb kind of got stuck), and I had to admit that I was in need of a trim. So I went in and chopped off about half of my hair! Intentionally. The stylist I tried this time acted the way I felt: wary, cautious, but ultimately friendly. So for the first time in I-don't-even-know-how-many years, I actually had a good experience. I may even let her dye my hair for the summer! Gasp! Of course, I have to decide on the colour first...

Last week also marked the beginning of my participation in two writing fests:

[community profile] hpdrizzle, in which I got my first choice of prompt (yay!) and After Camlann Big Bang, which is not prompt-based, and is for BBC Merlin. I have never written a Merlin fic before, but I've been a fan of the show since it first aired, and once I wrap up my current rewatch (I'm on the 5th season and slowly watching my heart get crushed--always a fun time), I will be working on my ACBB fic. I already have the plot mostly mapped out, I just want to have canon facts fresh in my mind before I start to write it. As for the [community profile] hpdrizzle fest, I have a lot of time to complete my submission, and already have the basic plot mapped out for that one as well. I am very excited to write both, but I must prioritize, and make sure that I am also consistently updating For Safekeeping as well.

I really do need to stop saying yes to all the fun activities and shows my friends propose to me to go do on the weekends. :p


Holy crap, I'm exhausted and bleeding and cranky.

Bedtime!
borealgrove: (Saga'll touch ur)
Look, BBC Merlin is, above all, a love story and there isn't one but rather two whole love triangles in it. And The Sword in the Stone parts 1 and 2 give you both.

- Gwen x Arthur x Merlin
- Gwen x Arthur x Lancelot

Oh, you slash shippers! Always seeing things that aren't there!

But the second part of this episode arc both reminds you that there is, in fact, a love triangle forming between Arthur, Merlin, and Gwen, and also reinforces the idea that, in the end, Merlin and Arthur are the "true" pairing. How? Mirrors!

Spoilers and meta-ing ahead... )

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