borealgrove: (Angel of Procrastination)
Ah, another long week. It shouldn't have felt that way, because it was only a 4-day work week, but I guess all of the missed hours of sleep prior to my friend leaving the city (also caused by a writing spree) have really left me feeling drained. Despite that, I've been steadily working on and polishing up my third and last fest fic for this year (I really don't think I can do another until 2018, at least lol!), and I managed to resolve a plot point that was really bugging me while I was in the middle of work (eureka!). FS has been percolating in the back of my mind for the past month or so, and the next chapter has gone through several iterations already. I'm honestly not certain which narrative path I'm going to take yet--I suppose I'll be as surprised as anyone else when I can finally concentrate fully on that chapter with nothing else vying for my attention :p

I had a lot of social engagements this week as well, which added to my overall tiredness. I met up with not one but two old friends (one from university and one from elementary school) and while it was really, really great to see them again, it took a lot to push myself to get dressed and go out to meet them in the first place. I'm glad I did. My elementary school friend now has a little boy and a puppy (both very cute--we had a fun evening, the four of us, playing outside), while my university friend had just returned from teaching in Japan (plenty to talk about, there). My university friend invited a bunch of other friends for a day-long hangout session, and while it was fun to meet them (we all seemed to get along pretty well), I eventually started to reach my capacity for being around new people and cheerfully took my leave. Unfortunately that meant I didn't get to stay for board games, but she (and one other friend that I went to uni with as well) will still be in the city for a while so I'm sure I'll get to game with them another time. Human beings are just really exhausting to be around lol.

Speaking of human beings, I managed to get a lot of messages (from Facebook, mainly) and emails answered and cleared from my inbox, so that took a bit of weight off my shoulders as well. It's always pretty easy once I get going, but when things build up this much, it looks so daunting that I can't even bring myself to do a little. I think, I need to answer everything at once and then, tomorrow... tomorrow for suresies.

Yeah. I say "for suresies" out loud too. I like to watch the world burn.

The revitalization of my A9 obsession is still going strong. I bought their newest single (Re:Born), a bundle of their old FC アリ通 flyers, an old issue of H'evn (vol 18, with an interview about ALICE IN WONDERLAND, which I was really excited about because there are no scanned interviews online for that release and I really wanted to read about their thoughts behind each song :D)... and those are just the things that have arrived. What is on it's way is a bundle of auction items that I won which includes: HELLO,DEAR NUMBERS (limited--first live DVD I ever watched from them all the way back in 2007, and I almost can't believe I will finally own this beloved performance... bring on the furi lol), Discotheque-Play like "A" rainbows- (that title will never not be hilarious), ALICE IN WONDERFILM (cue the audible audio-skip in G3 lol), and Court of "9"#4 (the tour finale from the tour that I got to go see them live during ;_;). I also won a super low-key auction for H'evn vol 20, which has only been the most sought-after item on my A9 magazine wishlist for the last 6 years or so. Scans exist, but they're old, low quality, and even a native speaker couldn't read the tiny, fuzzy characters in the scanned interviews. I've been dying to read this thing for a long time and each time I managed to find it, it was either being sold for an exorbitant price (it's really damn old, and one of their first mag covers ever), already sold, or--last time--someone managed to outbid me lol. This time, the magazine had been slipped into a lot of unassuming postcard-sets (which I'm certainly happy to be getting as well), so unless you went into the auction page itself and browsed through the lot photos, you wouldn't necessarily realize that H'evn vol 20 was being included. I won the auction (magazine along with a bunch of rare stickers, photos, and postcards) for a whopping... 500JPY. So... like... 6$. That was a good day, lol!

Well, that's all I can think of for now, I suppose.

Back to writing... and maybe later I'll finally get those choco-lavender cupcakes made.
Mr. Bore's anticipation for those desserts is reaching an unbearable threshold :p
borealgrove: Black Widow looking disgruntled against a bold lettered background (Black Widow)
Oh, hell, I'm so behind on everything. For the long weekend, we went with my parents to a resort in the mountains in Québec, but for several days leading up to it, we were squeezing every last hour we could get in with two of our friends (one of whom has now left to go back to her parents' home several hours away... for an indefinite period of time). We stayed out with them til 2am for several nights in a row (and then sporadically, before that, a little earlier in the evening). So what I'm trying to say is... tired.

We did a bit of kayaking, hiking, board gaming, and hot-tubbing at the resort (all weather-permitting). Mr Bore and I also watched a shitload of Dragon Ball Super episodes with my brother while it was pouring rain one of the three days (the tail-end of Harvey)--and I did manage to work on a little of my last fest fic and FS (so happy to get back to that!). But overall, I feel like I'm still catching up on sleep, so my productivity has taken a sharp nosedive. I should be back to my usual self in the next day or so. Got to churn out those words! :D

We're currently sitting around waiting for takeout to arrive, and I'm debating whether or not I have time to start reading some of the SSHG Smut, or Drizzle fics that have been posted already. I've been enjoying ACBB fics as well, but given how long they are, I prefer to take them with me on my commutes (and to read over lunch). I feel a bit swamped with the amount of content I want to catch up on, but I suppose it's a good sort of swampy feeling.

Something that this trip made me really take notice of was my brother.

He talks a lot.

Like, he never actually stops.

Just constant opinions and remarks about everything. Impressive, flabbergasting, and infuriating.
borealgrove: Shou and Saga wearing the same obi... for whatever reason. (Coordination)
Alright, so I think it's clear (based on the last post[s]) that I had a bit of a wild night yesterday. I stayed up for 25 hours straight to watch that A9 live performance the whole way through and it was so worth it. I think the last time I stayed up for 24 hours must have been in my last year of university, when I was scrambling to finish a paper for my women's and gender history course (how the perception of lesbian relationships changed from the edo to meiji era in Japan--pretty much the most enjoyable paper I ever researched/wrote).

A9 13th review... )

I got about three hours of sleep after the live finally ended around 6:30am (and another three in the afternoon, when my partner said "...you look wrecked, you need sleep"), and then spent my whole morning just indulging in reading old A9 interviews, the main one being from arena 37c (2006.06 vol 285) in which all the members introduce one another. There was nothing really that I didn't already know, but it's just fun to read things that they said when they were so much younger--when they did such a staggering number of interviews each month, most of them humorous. They really are a funny bunch. Speaking of old interviews... I placed an order on Closet Child this morning for a used copy of Re:Born (regular edition is STILL not in stock, and it's been almost twice the length of time that CDJapan estimated the restock would take, so I finally cancelled my order there), a set of all 12 old Club Alice Aritsuu fanclub newsletters, and a very old H'evn issue (vol 18) with an equally old A9 article in it. It's never been shared online anywhere, but based on the era of the issues that precede and follow it, I would guess that the article is either for yami ni chiru sakura or yuri wa aoku saite... either is awesome. That h'evn magazine has been listed for years, but it was always so expensive, so I never bothered, but since they slashed the price by two thirds... :p

Alright, alright. I'll stop my gushing about A9! I guess you could say that doing some fangirling about them this weekend was sort of a way to de-stress about all the fest writing I've been doing. After all, I'm not out of the woods yet. I still have one last, super-secret fest entry to polish off--an irresistible claim that I made quite a while back, which I have been working on in the background for almost two months. Of course, I'm also now actively working on the next chapter of FS as well, since I have finally completed most of my fest entries. It's been a hell of a busy summer, and I have definitely learned my lesson about taking on too many projects at once. I'm just going to focus on FS for a while, once this last fest entry is submitted. I do miss my grumpy!Severus, after all :p

Another bit of stress has come from the fact that one of the people in our usual friends group is going to have to go back home at the end of the month. It's a few hours away, so it's not catastrophic, but her boyfriend (my partner's best bro) will be staying here to continue with his studies... so it's going to be hard. She's working on a plan to return here quickly to do a co-op type course, though, which would hopefully lead to a job after, and we're all just hoping it will pan out. They were apart for almost three months before, when my partner's best bro went back to his home country for the summer, intending to be there for just a few weeks (a passport situation left him "stranded" there for several months--it's a bit funny now, but it was a nightmare at the time!)... so they can take being apart, but it's not going to be fun, I know that much. In the meantime, we're just trying to get in as much hangoutage together as possible.

Side note: I think I'll just call my partner Mr Bore from now on lol. Much easier.

The last thing of note to say, for now, is that... ACBB posting has begun! Yay! Lots of new, long fics to read, and now that I have a bit more time, I can start digging in. Of course, Drizzle and SSHG Smut Fest are about to start soon, too, so I'll have plenty to keep me going until December, basically lol! The bottomless creativity in these fandoms is inspiring and wonderful... Now, I'm off to do a bit of reading, and then try to get my butt into the kitchen to make scones before the blueberries I bought go bad!
borealgrove: (Old Religion)
This long weekend has been great, but it flew by so quickly. I've tried to get in as much writing as I possibly could, but my HP Drizzle fic is still ongoing--the plot isn't dragging, exactly, I'm just very conscious of how much time is left to get it done and want to get it finished as soon as possible! So a quick rundown of the other things that I got distracted with this weekend:

- An escape room to celebrate a high school friend's birthday (we escaped with half the time remaining, which was more bewildering than satisfying--we were all like, "...we're finished?"). Afterwards, I went out with the group for lunch, there was lots of reminiscing and gossip, you know, all the good catching-up-after-almost-a-year-of-little-to-no-contact stuff.

- Clickbait lists and Youtube videos. Holy hell my concentration is bad sometimes, especially when a deadline is close, but not imminent.

- A9 stuff on twitter, because the new single (Re:born) recently came out and I got an email from CDJapan telling me that the single is now on backorder and that they may not be able to ship it out for another week or two--even though I preordered it. I'm a little pissed, but I'll be patient. I curbed some of my saltiness by indulging in reading the band members' twitter feeds, and enjoying pictures of them in their yukatas for an instore event. Good stuff. Then, I noticed a recent interview in which Hiroto hinted that they were planning to possibly release two more singles before the end of the year. WHAT.

- I finished the last few episodes of recently-released Netflix original GLOW, which was a pretty satisfying watch, all around. The plot was fun, and the characters were pretty well-rounded. Not to mention, the very first episode had a lot of butts in very tight leotards being bandied about. And it only got better from there. BLESS.

- I feel like I answered some messages this weekend to try and clear my pile, and more just came in. SHRUG. I WILL GET THERE ONE DAY. :D

- I MADE MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES. GOD. GOD. I finally baked something for the first time in... I don't even know. I just kept putting it off. But my mint plant was getting a little too wild, so I had to give the ol boy a trim, and the result was so delicious, I can't even tell you. These cookies are my absolute favourite, and I always look forward to making them every summer. I am planning to finally try out the chocolate/lavender cake I've been meaning to make for months a while, but we'll see how much writing I can get finished during the week.

- This song by Angelo is so good. Holy shit. Kirito's voice is so gruff and soaring. Just delicious. I hope the rest of the new album will be as good!

borealgrove: Kalitt (a Qunari Inquisitor) lounging and enjoying a spa day with Vivienne. (Spa Day)
You know it: I was out this afternoon taking advantage of the first truly clear, sunny sky we've had all summer. I was absolutely stuck on a section of my HP Drizzle fic this morning, but about ten minutes ago, I finally finished the paragraph that was giving me grief. Victory! Not that I'm anywhere near finished, but at least the way is somewhat clearer now. I also did something unusual this morning, in that I actually bounced the ideas for the latter half of the fic off my partner. I'm normally tight-lipped about all story plot with absolutely everyone, but this one was frustrating me so much that I just wanted a completely objective opinion (which brought with it a rigorous effort to poke holes in the logic of the plot). I've gotta say... it was kind of nice.

I'm sitting in the dark listening to Phantogram's You Don't Get Me High Anymore on repeat and drinking in all those luxuriously disaffected vibes. As long as I don't think too hard about those deadlines, I'll be okay. :p



My day out today went something like this: squeezed into tightly-packed crowds (worse than Canada Day) to see the incredible spectacle that is La Machine, we then passed through a Chapters so my partner could pick up a book on industrial design that he'd ordered, and went on towards another festival happening somewhere else in the city (stopping into several interesting-looking stores along the way), only to balk at the overpriced foods being offered there (not that they didn't look delicious--I gave up grilled eel, man!), and go into a bubble tea shop to unwind, which we left in order to go home. At home, I made myself okonomiyaki (I make it from scratch, right down to grating the hilariously slimy nagaimo) and watched two episodes of Shameless, because I was feeling indulgent and decided not to stop at one. And now I'm here.

Writing this.

When I should be writing that other thing.

Edit: My teeny weeny cactus is trying to bloom and this morning I cried a tiny, proud tear. He's trying so hard. He just wants to be pretty. I support you little guy. ♥
borealgrove: (Crabby Space Trash Panda)
The messages just keep coming, so I've started replying to them by prefacing them with I may not answer you for a month, more for my own piece of mind than for theirs--I hate leaving people hanging. I'm so fixated on the messages lol. Everyone on Facebook seemed to have forgotten that I existed until about a month or so ago, and now I've had a handful of people that hadn't said a word to me in months (or years) suddenly strike up a conversation. I just don't understand why now, and why all at once! It's not bad, just strange.

So aside from my ongoing discombobulation about these messages piling up, I've had a pretty productive week. I finally got that new FS chapter posted (it turned out to be slightly shorter than a previous chapter, so I didn't beat my record, but I was close), and I worked out most of the rest of the plot for my HP Drizzle fic... I'm now about 1/3 of the way through writing it (though the way I ramble, that may change). I started my SSHG Smut Fest submission as well, but since that one doesn't require beta-reading, and will run a little shorter, I'm going to work on that one afterwards, or at least when the Drizzle fic is almost done.

I did go out this weekend to get started on a scavenger hunt of sorts (you complete it at your own pace) that a group of friends signed up for--it was pretty hot out yesterday, and we got a little lost on one of the clues, so we didn't get far, but it made for a fun afternoon. We'll end up planning another day to continue sometime this month or the next. When we couldn't take the heat anymore, we went to a café to relax and cool off, and then some of us continued on to a restaurant for a late supper. The service at the restaurant was neither good nor bad... it was weird. It was confusing, almost. It wasn't really that busy (at one point, we were basically the only people there other than a few at the bar) but the service seemed very slow, and there were mix-ups. One friend ordered a certain beer and after a long wait, she was offered a completely different (but equivalent one that they weren't selling fast enough) even though they had the one she wanted in stock -- they didn't bother bringing the one she ordered, just the one they wanted her to drink instead, so she would have just felt fussy to say "no, I want what I ordered" because that would mean she'd have to wait even longer, and make them go back and change it. She enjoyed it, but I could tell that she had wanted the one she had originally ordered, and she gave in not to make a fuss. I didn't much like that. It would have been fine if they'd brought both bottles of beer at once and she'd chosen the 'new' one. Then, I ordered an appetizer, because I didn't want a large, heavy entrée, and they brought me... an entrée? Like? What? The thing I ordered didn't even sound remotely like what they brought me? I have no idea why they brought me that? Wtf? Even weirder, that was the only entrée on the menu that actually appealed to me. Again, to not feel like an picky asshole customer, I just accepted it and didn't complain, but it was very weird. At one point, one server said he'd bring us water, and then the other brought it instead... but then the first came over and saw the filled glasses and was like "wtf?". Really bad communication in that restaurant, I guess, and maybe understaffed. The servers also left a couple times without waiting for all of us to give our orders. The thing that caused us all to burst out laughing, though?

At the end of the meal, after the first of the four of us had paid, the card reader suddenly died and the server had to go get another one. What timing. It kind of summed up the whole experience lol.

In other fandom news... The 13th Doctor has been announced, and I am very much looking forward to seeing the next Doctor in action! I'm also looking forward to all the saltiness dying down. I'm seeing a lot of discussion on my Facebook right now about people going "oh IT'S JUST TO SATISFY THESE SJWs" and so on and so forth, and an upsurge of Bill-bashing (I'M NOT HOMOPHOBIC BUT). It's tiring to look at, so I'm not going to bother to dive in and try to talk sense into people essentially throwing temper-tantrums because an alien character that can regenerate into whatever form it likes isn't going to take a human male one for once. Again, as ever, Dudley says it best:

36? BUT LAST YEAR--LAST YEAR, I HAD 37!!!!!

Okay, fine, I will add in my two cents. One person was complaining that Bill's character was 'all about her being a lesbian'. Yes. Because she's a lesbian. And people in real life and on-screen, tend to just assume someone is straight unless told otherwise. Which is why it's important to break that assumption. And the only way to do that is by making characters that very clearly announce these things. Because even though straight is 'default' right now, it won't always be. It is something I believe will change--that one day, announcing even straightness may be normal. The assumptions won't be the same. But for now, it is important that queer characters get to embrace their queerness and announce it--so that people who are bothered by queerness can't just pretend that it's not there and not face their own discomfort.

In a similar vein, those that are screaming SJW about the Doctor regenerating as a female are screaming because the default for them is male. They don't want to watch female main characters--they're bothered by female-led superhero movies as well. To them, female-led movies and shows are 'chick flick' material, a female character automatically dumbing things down. Realistically, the Doctor being played by a female actor shouldn't actually be too different, but any tiny mention of femaleness is going to be magnified by these tantrum-throwers because maleness is 'default' and 'assumed', and anything female is jarring and unneeded and pandering.

Boys are brought up to scorn 'girly' things, and girls are brought up to enjoy 'girly' things (while being told they're lesser) and to like 'normal' stuff ('normal' stuff being anything that is not girly). So... we need to keep destroying that shitty dichotomy because in it, everyone loses.
borealgrove: (Saga'll touch ur)
Things that I have accomplished this weekend:

- Finishing season 1 of Luke Cage
- Finishing season 5 of Orange is the New Black
- Starting season 2 of Dark Matter
- Epilating (the everloving shit out of) my legs (...which is how OitNB got finished lol)
- Surprise barbeque at the beach (before it started pouring... we got two grilled sausages out of the affair before our poor, hard-won fire winked out of existence lol)
- Bleaching and then dyeing my hair (from brown, to bronze, to... purpley-blue... ish?)
- Reading a brand new interview from Shou all about Saga (sjkaffdkasl)

Okay, that last one, I nearly had to take the whole day off writing yesterday just to fully read it and scream about it to myself. I am still screaming. It was Too Much. Fully reading it meant transcribing it into a word document so I could properly look up the kanji I didn't know (I was surprised that after so long away from using it, I still knew a hell of a lot, and was typing it all up pretty quickly). The interview went through the whole "how did you meet?" thing, and it was basically anecdotes that we've heard before in other interviews, but I guess this time, it really struck me how unusual the tone was. I'll explain.

Shou's asked how they met. So he says that, while he was in his first band, he heard of a band formed around the same time (Visage), which had a really hot bassist... so he decided to go see them. UM. OKAY. I... guess? Like, he didn't even hear that the bassist was "good", he wasn't looking for any new people to join his band at the time, he just heard that Saga was hot. Which is why he decided to go see the band. Shou. What. UM.

Unfortunately, by the time he went to a live, Saga had already left Visage, so no dice LOL

They didn't cross paths properly until Shou had left his second band, attempting to form one with Nao (there's a whole other amusing anecdote about an into-the-night phone call to try to convince Nao to form the band that Shou didn't get into in this interview, but anyways...). Nao had already recruited Saga, so eventually, it was decided that the two of them, and Shou, along with his previous band member, Tora, would form Alice Nine (they scouted Hiroto together, later on). After the phone call that resulted in an agreement to form the band, they decided to all meet at a fast food joint in Shibuya... which was when Shou first met Saga. At this point in the magazine, I literally had to stop and just get a grip. I'll write it out in full.

そのときの衝撃は今も鮮明に刻まれていますね。沙我くんは、薄紫のノースリーブに淡い色のジーンズを合わせていて、髪の毛は肌と同じ真っ白で、今よりさらに細くて。大袈裟じゃなく、『ロード・オブ・ザ・リング』のエルフ族みたいだったんですよ。

"The impact of that moment is still engraved in my memory. Saga-kun had put together a light purple tank-top with some pale jeans, and his hair was just as white as his skin; he was even skinnier than he is now. I'm not even exaggerating, he looked like an elf from The Lord of the Rings."

I'm. Dying.

This is the first time I've read Shou comparing him to an elf; usually he says that when they first met he thought that Saga looked like a fairy.

Which doesn't actually lessen the impact of the above anecdote LOL

Then he adds: "Despite that appearance, he stoops and shuffles when he walks." (laugh)

Every fucking aspect of this interview is just full of Shou being completely charmed with Saga. His appearance, gushing about all the "cute/weird" things he does (he mentioned that Saga used an ashtray as a plate at a restaurant at once, completely absent-mindedly hfbjksdAL), how he's a "total airhead", but a "gifted craftsman/composer". At one point, he tells a story about Saga, trails off, and the interview notes in brackets say, "he was laughing so hard, he cried". This interview is a gift. It was like receiving Neo Genesis 10 again. And let's not forget the fucking tweets from them just before this interview came out. Yeah, Shou wasn't kidding about this thing being "love".


...I am almost done writing that damn FS chapter, just, by the by. Longest one to date. :p
borealgrove: Black Widow looking disgruntled against a bold lettered background (Black Widow)
I've got a pile of messages to respond to, but I set them aside over the weekend in favour of milking the hell out of a sudden surge of motivation. Aside from some celebrating of Canada Day on Friday and Saturday, I spent the rest of my long weekend sitting at my computer and chipping away at chapter 12 of FS (currently editing and picking at one last scene). I'm trying to tie that up so that I can really focus on my two upcoming challenge fics for the rest of the month (though I have made a little headway already in both).

I spent Friday evening at my parents', with a gaggle of relatives from the Maritimes showing up with a ton of booze and gaudy red-and-white decorations. Basically, my father was barbequeing in a lobster-print apron and a red-and-white clown wig before any real drinking happened. Quite the crowd, they are. Then on Saturday we headed out to brave the crowds celebrating Canada's 150th birthday and after waiting for almost two hours in the rain (the show was cancelled twice before it finally went on lol), I got to see Mother Mother for the second time this year!

I have to admit... their performance this time (maybe because they were playing such a high-profile gig?) was a little lacking. The energy was there, but I feel like they were more concerned with singing as loudly as they could than with singing as best they could. During Hay Loft and The Stand the singing was a lot more normal, but the rest of the songs had some awkward near-screaming parts. I've seen them enough times to know what they sound like at their best, so I'll just look forward to their next solo gig :p

Still danced my butt off and mouthed most of the words!

I suppose the only other thing to note is that I got back on Warframe yesterday afternoon after several months of hiatus -- the new Harrow quest was both extremely creepy and enjoyable to play, and was the main reason for coming back. I played a little this evening as well (emphasis on little). It all made me feel a little sad about not going to Tennocon this year, but it just wasn't convenient enough for us to get to London this year--maybe the next, if we still enjoy playing the game to a big enough extent!

And now, back to chapter 12. I need to get this donnnnnnne!
borealgrove: Kalitt (a Qunari Inquisitor) lounging and enjoying a spa day with Vivienne. (Spa Day)
This month continues to be a pain (with the occasional upside), and so my productivity has varied wildly. For some reason everyone I've ever known has decided to send me a message this month (slight exaggeration, but also kind of accurate--also not a complaint lol), so my inbox is a huge mess, an explosion of correspondence. I'm trying to keep on top of it, but every day something new comes in, or I have to do other errands that cause me to not be able to answer, so I'm just... looking forward to that day that I can reduce the unread messages to zero. Or at least to single digits. :p

I'm trying to get some writing in this weekend, because the week has been full of errands, events, filling a zillion forms, not having time after work, exhaustion, etc... But we'll see. I've already spent nearly five hours this morning combing through my inbox and feeds, sending messages, catching up with friends, and just generally connecting with people, and I'm still not finished. But it was nice to make a huge dent in my mountain of correspondence. :D

I'm going to ramble about a few things I have been screaming about this week, and then I will get on with the writing!

It's outdoor music festival time again! This is one of the pleasurable distractions I've had for the past week or so and I've already been to three nights of shows. My feet and knees are not thanking me for it. But my ears and eyes have been enjoying themselves. I'll list my favourite shows so far (which is almost all of them, but ANYWAY) : Elsie Legrow, Said the Whale, The Sheepdogs, Kalle Mattson, The Zolas, and Dear Rouge. All Canadian acts (Canada 150!), all very fun to see live. Seeing The Sheepdogs felt like going back in time (they were dressed in vintage, tacky ranch shirts lol, and their stage presence was epic), while Kalle Mattson was magnetic, and his between-song quips were hilarious. The Zolas threw us a party with incredible energy, and Dear Rouge's frontwoman was djdkalsmdflasmcflfaejen. Okay, okay, I'll be coherent: total rockstar, infectious energy, powerful voice, and... yeah, that partly-see-through body suit was to die for. ♥ They did a lot of call-and-response, which was really fun! The last three in the list I would be especially happy to see again. Can't wait for the next round of live music to hit the city!

This week Duolingo finally released Japanese courses! It's all review for me so far, but it's good fun, and a nice challenge to help keep at least a base-line of skills. I've been so intent on my writing, that I haven't had the time or energy to devote myself to Japanese learning like I used to. I'd like to get back into it, so maybe once I've finished all the lessons currently on Duolingo, I'll feel up to getting back into studying properly again. Or at least watching Jdramas again lol! I have no idea if my old sources for Japanese subtitles are still viable, though. Having Japanese audio and subtitles really helps, because my reading is still better than anything else.



I lost my mind for about two days after Saga tweeted about Stuppy vol. 16 expressing his mock-nervousness (it contains an interview with Shou about Saga). And then Shou retweeting him with assurance jngskfdmal;s,a. Interview is called 『俺とアイツ』~将が語る沙我のこと~. Nope, nope I'm still losing my mind. Screaming, even, you could say. I don't care about images, I just want that interview fhbksjDKSAL

Like, if it's anywhere near as good as the immortal Neo Gen vol 10 interview... fhvbkdjeklmd

It's so damn expensive, though, for one short interview--not that I don't like a bunch of other artists in the magazine (I am VERY okay with a steamy Sakito shoot lol!)... I wish [profile] jrock_scans was still active and putting out high-quality images in one place. The idea of combing through Tumblr is overwhelming; I really don't interact with the vkei fandom on there so I would have no idea where to start. But holy shit do I ever want to read that interview about Saga from Shou's perspective. Those two have been getting real chummy again recently after a bit of a cold period... :D

Oh, lastly, I caught wind of another fest (H/D) this morning that has an incredible list of prompts (I saved 16 really interesting ones, but I would have saved way more if I hadn't stopped myself). They're for [community profile] hd_fan_fair (unusual careers). I don't know if I actually will participate... I'll probably save the list and take whatever is left of the prompts I liked if I finish one of my two fest fics early enough. If the prompts I liked are all taken... well, great! More stuff for me to read in the fall!

EDIT: I was doing some googling to try to find scans of Stuppy vol 16 (no-go), and instead I found a buried post on Tumblr about "Volland Gump", a solo project put out by an unnamed artist in 2015, that has no intention of making any in-person appearances, and plays all instruments on his recordings... except drums. The post mentioned that it was Saga's solo project, and after listening to the song on the homepage... holy actual fuck. It sounds like him both in terms of the description, and the voice itself. My god. But even more googling wouldn't allow me to find anywhere that fully confirmed that it was him. Which I guess is his intention. I really hope he releases something else (sounds like Nao is playing the drums for him in his solo project -- of course they very openly have their THE ALTERNATIVE project as well, which I hope to one day be able to go see live, since they haven't made any recordings). I love Saga's music so much, just, in general!
borealgrove: (Meltwater)
This has certainly been an interesting week so far. I managed some work on FS at the beginning, plotted out the next few chapters, but after finishing a scene that was exhausting to write, I needed a break. So I started to write my HP Drizzle fest submission! SSHG Smut fest is coming up (in fact I am eagerly awaiting the claiming post to go up this morning so I can make mine), and the submission will be due around the same time, so I decided to act out of character and do some work in advance :p

My Merthur fic is still percolating in the back of my mind, and I add to my notes every now and then, go back and re-read them, but I think the only way I'm going to be able to write it properly is if I spend some time outside on a hill when it's extremely sunny and bright out. I've still got a winter sense-memory, and I can't fully get into the zone with this thing right now.

This morning started with a jolt: the fire alarm went off. Or rather, it seems it was pulled, so... Happy Father's Day lol. Then, the alarm itself malfunctioned, so it kept turning on and off, and they couldn't restore the elevators, so after being patient, we were left with no choice other than to walk all the way up to our unit (we're on one of the highest floors lol) so that was a fun pre-breakfast workout. My side of the family are planning to come here for a Father's Day supper, but if they don't fix the elevators, there's no way we're making them walk all the way up and down the stairs; we'll have to figure something else out.

This is random, but yesterday I successfully went from a 10g to an 8g in my left earlobe. My left earlobe has been extremely finicky and I've had to go back down a size twice now because it would not settle properly (rather, because it needed way more than a couple months to rest between stretches). So I finally managed the next stretch with ease! My right lobe for some reason has been a lot easier to stretch and I've had very little trouble with it, so it's several sizes ahead lol.

I've got to run off and make myself breakfast so I'll just make mention of one last, very important thing:

The definitive post-S4 TJLC meta is out!

toxicsemicolon has done it with her [ Poetry or Truth? ] meta, which she published on Medium (part II to come). It's definitive, because she started from the two clearest hints we got about the season via twitter, and did a shitload of research and connecting of dots (I've been watching her scream about Brecht and theatre of the absurd for several months on her Tumblr lol). This meta... is fucking amazing. I ascribe to other metas/theories that aim to explain something about the plot, but this is the first one that I feel truly explains what Season 4 is, if that makes sense. EMP theory, for instance, gives us a good explanation for what is going on with the plot as early as HLV, and into TAB and beyond, and I think it's a strong contender for the big reveal (Tarmac Hell!), but it doesn't fully explain the narrative choices they made the way Poetry or Truth? does. So far, I don't think they have to be mutually exclusive; they can complement one another. I also really like Opaljade's

Ah, I'm back. The fire alarm went off again. Because it's malfunctioning. So we went down a fafillion flights of stairs again, the alarm turned off after about fifteen minutes, and we each heaved a sigh. The elevators were still out of service, so we decided, being quite hungry and fed up, that we would go get brunch. As soon as we started walking away, the alarm went off again; clearly we made the right decision. So we took a nice walk, had a nice brunch (right before the morning rush, so we didn't need to wait to get a table -- score!), and then came back to find... the elevators were still out of service. We met an unfortunate relative at the entrance and had the sad task of informing her that to get up to where her mother lived on the 10th floor, she would have to walk. Horror! We walked together and offered encouragement, and at the tenth floor we bid her farewell and continued on.

We made it back home and immediately laid out clothes on the bed for if the alarm inevitably goes off again and we need to get dressed to go out properly in a hurry. By the way... it's supposed to go up to 40C today, so... jfc. LOL

So, um... where was I?

Right. Opaljade's meta. Trance Theory (part I & part II). This one also does a pretty good job at de-fucking S4, and can coexist to a certain degree with EMP.

I still love BBC Sherlock, and no one yet has managed to convince me that TJLC is not real.
borealgrove: Dionysus fulfills his promise to Prosymnus (Rite of Spring)
My god, it's been a long while since I last posted--I've been trying to catch up on emails and messages, as well as writing up a small but steady storm. So this is just going to be a lazy mish-mash of interesting tidbits about what's been going on.

I'll start with a concise write-up of the con I attended: it was fun. Alright, I'll give a little more than that.

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Last weekend, I went axe-throwing at our local axe-throwing place (as you do), and it was fun. I wasn't very into the competitive, scoring aspect of the practice, mostly because all I cared about was seeing whether or not I could hit the board in the first place (took a while), but I might go back again in the future just to get some aggression out.

After that, I finally finished and posted the next chapter in FS, and since then have been hard at work on the next. The writing notebook I bring everywhere is practically falling apart with all the extra paper scraps I've shoved into it. I may soon have to retire it and start on the next one. It's just so much more practical for me to jot down notes by hand during my breaks at work, and I like being able to line scraps up side by side, circle things, highlight, underline, draw cat faces... yeah, I do that. Ooops.

This week has been mostly an effort to catch up on the messages and emails and things I mentioned above, but I've also spent a little time relaxing after work (the writing-intensive week extended into this one, and will continue on to the next, which I'm certainly not complaining about!), which meant watching more of season 4 of The 100 (nearly ragequit after a certain character death, but have pressed on and there have been some interesting themes, to say the least). I've also been catching up on the seasons of Shameless (US) that I missed, a series that I easily become obsessed with because of all the dark humour, difficult topics, and extensive character study. Haven't been able to bring myself to get into the original, UK version though... I watched too much of the US version beforehand and so those versions of the characters became too entrenched in my mind.

Now on to some reading material recs:

Read more... )

Umm... what else? I've got a ticket to go see Wonder Woman on opening night with my best friends, so the energy for that showing should be awesome. I am currently making pancakes (and found a little beetle in the flour when I was preparing the batter... lil scamp), and I intend to spend the next hour or two slowly eating my pancakes and watching more Shameless. Then I'll write.
borealgrove: (Layabout)
So, I suppose the main thing of note today is that my LJ account has been restored, after nearly a week of being suspended. The explanation I got was that my account was flagged as spam and so suspended on those grounds. I am glad, yes, that my account was un-suspended, but I can't help but still feel frustrated that the suspension happened without warning (I suppose they couldn't be bothered to check an account flagged as spam before suspending?), and also that it happened despite the fact that I paid for a custom userhead. Yes, a relatively inexpensive purchase, but I still became a paying customer. Do spam bots really pay in order to spam? idk man, just a bad overall customer experience. It has never happened to me before, and on my old accounts, I posted a hell of a lot more frequently. Just really unimpressed with it all.

Well. I'm back. This frustration should dissipate over the next couple of days, especially as I can actually participate in comms again, and read entries, even if only to lurk. I assume all of my comments have been un-deleted (ugh, so frustrating to have been basically wiped off the face of the site), so if there was anything left unsaid, or suddenly cut off--now I can properly say: Sorry about that!


I'm still winding down after a pretty awesome and tiring con weekend in which I saw John Barrowman do pirouettes in a Tardis pattern dress so I'm going to go eat, and... maybe more on that later lol!
borealgrove: (Angel of Procrastination)
Oh my, what a long, drag of a week. I didn't manage to get much writing done last Sunday, and got even less done during the past week, but so far today I've had a good start. After I finish making my pancakes (and hopefully finishing off my Merlin rewatch), I plan to finish at least a scene for my ACBB fic, and then maybe try to run through the rest of chapter 11 of FS. It's incredible, how many notes I've written for both, but this week was just very blah in terms of motivation. Work was very slow, which made my brain feel like pancake batter slowly dripping off of a counter and onto the floor. In other words, I got home and just lazed around either reading or immersing myself into games.

Fun in its own way, but glad that's over!

I did another escape room yesterday afternoon (another very close attempt, but we couldn't complete the last puzzle in time to escape), and then spent the rest of the afternoon (and a good chunk of the evening) at a board game café playing various Timeline games. I won most rounds, just by-the-by... :p

Not that I'm particularly good with dates; my memory has never cooperated on that front! Instead, I was just really good at guessing and using my intuition. It was driving my friends nuts (they're a lot better with remembering dates than I am and the ones they got right they were generally very sure of). If you haven't played the game before, I recommend it! It's very, very easy to pick up, and can be as quick or as short as you like... besides, it's educational! We were all having quite a lot of fun learning as we played. I may have to pick up one of the editions of the game to keep at home as an icebreaker for our mini dinner parties.

Slightly embarrassing detail: I almost missed the (extended) deadline to check in for ACBB, which has convinced me to start reading my friends-page on a consistent basis. Oops!

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: Dionysus fulfills his promise to Prosymnus (Rite of Spring)
Ahh, four day weekends, how I love them.

Though we spent Thursday night over at my parents', the rest of my time off has been spent at home, (mostly) in front of my laptop. I wish I could say that it has all been spent writing, but due to the LJ TOS changes, my time was spent doing other things. Like saving PDF copies of all four of my LJs, and moving this (my latest, and now only active) over to Dreamwidth permanently. I did have a DW journal before, but it ended up petering out because it felt so deserted, and all the action (small as it was) was still over on LJ. I hope that begins to change! After all, DW is a very thoughtfully-constructed blogging platform, and really all it was missing was numbers--communities.

On top of moving my LJ over here, and saving all my old ones, I also realized that all of my old fanfiction was in danger of disappearing too. So I created a new Ao3 account and began re-posting all of the important stuff over there... I thought a lot about whether I wanted to create a brand new account, or whether I wanted to just add a new pseud to my main one, and in the end, a new account won out. My old stuff is just very unpolished. Reading back through it makes me cringe and laugh and even feel warm (I can see my own style--sort of--developing) and I am proud of the stories I wrote, but I don't think I want them, and that super-niche fandom, associated with what I write and how I write now.

While taking breaks from the changeover and repost-a-thon, I also managed to finally finish Mass Effect! Yay! And then started Mass Effect 2! At this rate it will only take me another two years to get to Mass Effect Andromeda! Rejoice!

Sigh.

Okay, maybe two years is too a generous an estimate, but I seem unable to let go of side quests, so clearly I will not reach the Andromeda galaxy as soon as I'd like. It's just, if I never re-play these games, I'd like to be able to say that I experienced almost all of the possible story in them. Anyway, the jump from MA1 to MA2 is pretty great--the difference in graphics and controls is immense, and while I keep accidentally using the old controls, I have to admit, the changes are a nice improvement (levelling certainly feels much more minimalist). This game is the one I played about three quarters of the way through, but it was a long time ago, so while I have some memories of it, I still feel like I'm playing a new game--plus, this time, I have the benefit of a lot of story context from the previous game, so the story and lore doesn't feel confusing.

On to the big event of the weekend!

Toe-stubbing!

On Saturday night, while walking back to my chair, I smacked my pinky toe into a table leg reeeeal hard. It's taken until this morning (Monday) for me to be able to walk properly again lol. Luckily, I don't seem to have broken it, and there was no external damage other than very visible bruising, but boy did I ever pick the right weekend to put myself out of commission for a couple days. Ha!

Said toe-stubbing happened right after I had finished reading two wonderful volumes of Smut Peddler, a very female-friendly comic anthology of... well, exactly what it sounds like. :p

Why female-friendly? I would put that down to there usually being some sort of believable plot, to there being a lot of humour, to there being a huge variety of relationships, genders, and body types depicted... in short, it may be a sexy read, but it is also more than likely to give you a case of the warm fuzzies. There was a lot of love in those pages, either from the characters, or from the authors of each comic.

Other things of note... I made brownies last night and changed up my go-to recipe to the extent that my partner tasted the finished product and commanded me to write those changes down right now lol. I adjusted the amount of white sugar the original called for by substituting in some brown sugar and almond flour (he doesn't like overly-sweet things). In order to add a bit of extra sweetness for myself, I spread a little maple butter on top of my square. Delish. But then, when is maple butter not?

Finally, I woke up this morning after viewing a tweet in my dreams that had been posted by Stephen Moffat, saying something along the lines of "the wait is over". I woke up, because even dream me knew that Moffat doesn't have a twitter. At this point, I really can't imagine what they're waiting for, because I feel like they'll lose more loyal fans with each passing day, but I still do believe in The Lost Special, and my tin hat has not left my head since January. I'm still squinting suspiciously at the ContactSH and ContactJW twitters (when I'm not too busy grinning at their latest antics) but what I believe now, what I truly believe, is that Mofftiss want to drop TLS when no one expects it. TJLCers have been too clever. We've ruined their big reveal. So they want to surprise even us. Problem is, there are so few of us left... but that's a whole other (sad) can of worms.

Just for posterity, one of the best metas I have read since S4 ended is about The Johnlockian Game, by Shamelessmash on Tumblr. In particular, their [ meta ] about The Final Problem was exemplary, and I really do think they figured out the key to the whole S4 mess. But their play-by-plays of T6T and TLD are great reads as well.
borealgrove: (Out of Bounds)
Whew, it's been a hell of a week. I finally posted that massive, draining chapter, had a ton of meetings at work, and yesterday celebrated my best friend's birthday all day.

As an aside: I have two best friends, as I ascribe to the Mindy Kaling principle of Best Friend isn't a person, it's a tier. I still remember watching that episode of The Mindy Project and hearing angels descend from the heavens to sing as she delivered that line.

I mention this, because said best friend's birthday was celebrated with my other best friend, and my partner (who I suppose constitutes as a third best friend!). We had homemade curry at my place, went downtown for an escape room, did some shopping, went for dessert at a cafe, went to supper, and then all returned home in order to play a set of high-level missions in Warframe before going to bed. A really great day all-in-all.

The escape room we tried was one of the newest in the city, and was interesting because it is part of a themed series--once you complete all the rooms in the series (the location keeps track of who has and has not completed the rooms--'completed' meaning that you have at least made an attempt to escape), you are able to go back to the location and request access to a dossier of clues. These clues will allow you to do a scavenger-hunt-like expedition downtown at your own leisure, and as long as you solve it, you will be entered to win prizes. But obviously getting to do such a large scale puzzle is the best part! So, in other words... we have figured out what one of our goals for the summer is.

The escape room itself was really interesting and the puzzles were challenging enough that we didn't manage to escape.

Hmm. No, that's not quite right. It wasn't the puzzles that were too challenging. It's that we got stuck with two strangers. And said strangers, unfortunately, were not on our level, to put it simply.

As soon as we were introduced, one of them said "YES! We got an asian! A smart person! We're definitely going to escape!"


I just had to take a moment to breathe deeply there.


My friend and I shared a look. From that comment alone, it was clear we had been stuck with a couple of uneducated douchebags, to put it lightly. But my partner took the 'positive' stereotype with grace and said, "I think all four of us are really smart, actually!" I wanted to bite their heads off about it, but we were about to be stuck in a locked room with these chucklefucks for 45 minutes, so... I held the old tongue.

Every major clue was solved by us. They found things, but did not actually figure them out. In fact, they did worse than not figure things out: they would insist our ideas were wrong even when they were right, and just generally hamstrung us at every opportunity. I truly believe that they thought they were being reasonable, which is sad. There was one puzzle that I figured out, and it wasn't THAT difficult to understand, it just involved coordination from several people at once. The person (who had made the asian-exclamation, for lack of a better term), just would not stop hemming and saying "ummm... I don't think that's right", without offering any counter-theory for how to complete the puzzle. And eventually, after wasting a fuckload of my time by my having to explain and re-explain the simple mechanics of the solution, said "I don't really get it, I think it might be wrong...". ARGH. So I just told the person, "that's okay, maybe you can help with something else, and someone else can come help me."

We eventually asked for our free hint, because time was running out, and lo and behold, when they came in and explained the part I was TRYING to work on, their explanation was exactly what I had figured out. Asian-exclamation came over with this awkward smile and was like, "too bad you weren't doing it right".

What?! Did you?! Listen?! To the same explanation?! That I did?!

The other person, Sir-Stands-Around, stayed out of the way, mostly, wasn't actively doubting every possible solution we proposed, but when I asked him to try a combination on one of the remaining locks, buddy took over a minute to put in the four numbers. Four. Numbers. He also didn't do it correctly. So I ran over to do it myself. Like. I was trying to be patient with these people, but we would have escaped if it was just us, that's how much they actively hampered us.

Oh, right, and at the end the puzzle that Asian-Exclamation went to help with instead of mine, was the one my partner was working on (a logic puzzle, another that I started the ball rolling for, and which I would have loved to have helped with if my own puzzle could have been finished quicker!). Asian-Exclamation, like in my case, just kept talking and insisting in this slow, uncertain way, that he wasn't putting things in the right order. Which caused him to be unable to concentrate. This puzzle involved smelling some herbs and spices, and she kept insisting that two of the bottles smelled identical. Which apparently wasn't the case, but she was very certain of this. SIGH. The only silver lining is that due to her insistence on this fact (and probably even more, secretly due to the fact that the staff noticed we were pretty frustrated with being stuck with said hamstringing chucklefucks), we were given 50% off for our next visit.

Next time, we will absolutely attempt to scrounge up two more reliable puzzle-solvers to come with us.


Anyway, the rest of the day was great! I mean, even through the disappointing escape room experience, the room itself was still really interesting, with some great puzzles in it. The company was just sub-par.

Oh, and because this is slightly funny: I got my friend some David's Tea goodies for her birthday (a pinkish-red iced-tea press and 150 grams of Chocolate Cake tea in a burgundy tin), but due to the fact that buying the iced-tea press conferred a loose-tea discount on the user until the end of July (and plus, then she would also get the reward points for the purchase), I very un-subtly demanded that she hand over her Frequent Steeper card "for no reason in particular". Even funnier, it took her a minute to get it. She just gave me this strange, reluctant look until it clicked.


Oh, right. I also started using Instagram. And it's addictive. Fuck.
borealgrove: (Out of Bounds)
My weekend has been packed (how does this keep happening?) and until yesterday evening I had no time at all for writing. Friday night I didn't get home until almost 2am because of a show. The Balconies. Ohhhhh mannnnn I love Jacquie Neville. She has this absolutely incredible stage presence, her voice is amazing, and both times I've gone to see them, she's jumped into the crowd to dance with us (centimeters away from me, both times ahsbfjafkndksnmal).

She also does a lot of headbanging, makes "crazy eyes" at the crowd, she's just... so awesome.



And extremely hot.



My god.



In honor of the Juno weekend, their setlist was mostly covers (they played three of their own songs when we called them back for an encore), and said covers were kickass. My favourites were Turn off the Light, Man! I Feel Like A Woman, You Oughta Know, Strange Disease... and probably others, but I've honestly forgotten all the others they played. But they nailed the whole performance. Can't wait to see them again!

Anyway, I spent yesterday (after I had managed to drag myself out of bed), making pancakes for the friend that had crashed at our place after the show, shopping, meeting up with other friends, and then coming home to eat supper at almost 9pm. I woke up this morning to write down a few notes and ended up just plain forgetting about breakfast in a frenzy of writing (I caught a possible plot hole and have been working on that). It's been hours of trying to wrestle my next chapter into shape (still a little ways off, but with some luck and elbow grease I'll get to the end of it today) and now I clearly need to feed myself. Off to watch Merlin and take a little food break before I get back to my sudden streak of inspiration.
borealgrove: (Through to Winter)
Oh, what a weekend I had...



First, on Friday, DE decided to dump a brand new Warframe on us. Which meant I had to put on my wide-brimmed hat and go farming. Obviously. They dumped a whole lot of other great content on us too, which did not help my resolve to be good and concentrate on being productive. I ended my night by ragequitting after I "completed" the new quest and it bugged out before I could get my reward. I re-did it in the morning, after I had slept off the volcanic ire that my partner was trying very hard not to find hilarious.

Butt.

Saturday we went bouldering. Ho boy. I should mention I'm afraid of heights. I went once before, and enjoyed myself, but I could only really climb sideways and managed to get my feet maybe one metre off the floor--if that. I did better this time, but had to work my way up to it (and creepily stand around waiting for most of the other climbers to leave the space). I should mention I also don't really like people. I'm a gem. We spent the day with a couple of friends we hadn't seen in a while, and aside from bouldering, also went out for ramen, and then to a brand-new cafe for some matcha desserts. All in all, a great time.


And today? Why, I've done a lot of knitting and watched three episodes of Merlin--and for some reason in the middle of the second one decided to make chocolate-chip pumpkin bread. For... reasons? Tastiness? I started at nine-thirty pm... and it's now eleven pm... just... why? Why do I make these life choices?

It smells really freakin good though. I'm gonna go have a slice.

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