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My mentor hasn't been at work for the last few days, and my supervisor is very busy most of the time, so I spent a lot of thursday chasing her down to ask for more work, and a lot of yesterday chasing her down to ask for more work. Because usually my mentor gives me work, and she she's usually at her desk even when she's busy, so...

Chained, aka the vampire anti-romance, started working the way I wanted it to work, through figuring out that the main character needed some agency.

And for no reason at all, I want chocolate.
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Right now, I'm the kind of tired where I want to muck around for a bit until I feel less tired, and then do the less fun things that need to be done. Like the dishes. And the weeds. The weeds make me sad- they're so fast growing that I might have to spray them to keep on top of them. :(

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I have started reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. It's good so far, but not mind-blowing. I had been reading a Doctor Who novel that my sister had lent me- a 7th and Ace one called Matrix which was oddness. Odd as in, for most of the book the Doctor isn't anywhere and Ace is trying to fend for herself in 19th century London.

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I have seen all of Avatar: tLA. It didn't feel as long as the other seasons, but maybe that's because I ultra-marathoned it over the weekend. Or because it has a 2-parter and a 4-parter in there.

Spoilers for book 3 )

I have a sneaking suspicion that I have a thing for emo boys. I do very much heart Zuko.

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I have been half writing posts and then not posting them because they're not finished and then not posting them. I need to stop the procrastination thing.

I started a new game of Kingdom Hearts 2 yesterday. And the whole thing with Kairi still massively bugs me- personality wise, you'd think she'd be kicking bug ass, keyblade or no, but in the first game she exists mainly to motivate the (male) main character, and in the second.. safe at 'home' until the plot decides it wants her for some reason. I like her a lot- when she's around. In cut scenes.

I saw the movie 'The Last Airbender' because I wanted to see how horrendous it actually is, and... you know, after having seen the first season of the series, even the things that the movie should have done well weren't impressive- Aang's airbending feels so much more powerful when you can see the wind he's generating, and when he can casually glide around following everyone else. I get the feeling that the director was too enamoured of the series to do a good job of adapting it- and blind to what others saw in it as well, ie racebending. I think he was trying to fit in as many of the nuances of the series as he could, and there was just too much.

We finally got a washing machine a few days ago, and I've put a load through it, but sadly, most of my clothes came back dirtier than they went in. I will have to rewash them. I got a multifunction printer (yay!) and new shoes as well, but I got grass stains on the new shoes by weeding the backyard. Next time I get shoes I hope I remember how good I am at dirtyfying everything.

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I just hope I haven't sold my soul to Dodo for the privledge, though. They wanted my home address but didn't offer up a privacy policy with it. But the joys of Centrelink wait for no person.

My bedroom has gone from 'mountain of boxes' to 'yay, one bookcase' to 'zomg, second bookcase and desk shelves'. I moved my bed from being straight across the middle of the room to along the wall nearest to the living area. We have a living area connected to the kitchen, it's cool to be able to talk to someone else while they're in the kitchen and you're watching tv... or vice versa. Just as long as I'm not saying bad things about the characters on Home and Away while my sister is watching it. That would be bad.

We have this system where, my sister mostly cooks and I do the dishes. Because she likes cooking and I like doing the dishes, and dishes for two people over one day aren't that bad to do at once.
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I moved out of home last friday.

We're kind of living with half of what a normal household has, and we're getting by easily. The only problem is food, pretty much. and so many little things, like that had my sister not reminded me to take the mince out of the freezer yesterday afternoon, we would not have been able to have spaghetti for dinner. We had a can opener saga which would have been averted if I'd gone to Corio Village after class and bought one instead of going to a classmate's house to get some of her old pots. I had no preventative medication for a couple of days (but I dropped off at the doctors' office after class, and got the doctor to bandage up the blister on my heel), and discovered the hard way that my sister's workboots are far too big for me, and too big boots are bad news in the heathland in Anglesea (low shrubby plants tripping hazard + uneven, low visibility ground ground tripping hazard + clown boots = not good. Also see above, re blister). (man, I'm lame.)

And just, much running around. But it's slowly getting all sorted.
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Moving day has been moved to tuesday because my sister applied for bond assistance and that hasn't come through yet. We are still in need of a fridge.

Nearly every book I own is in boxes, and all of my dvds are too. I own an awful lot of books.
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Damn. I'm like most of the way better from how I was yesterday from this flu-like illness- I didn't take any paracetalmol yesterday, and I was rather creaky from the low-level everywhere ache, whereas today, I'm feeling really good. Except for the part where breakfast was just not appealing. And the reduced lung capacity thing. It's less terrifying than it sounds, but it's still not in the realms of good.

I recorded an episode of Castle last night, and mostly because Castle dressed up as Captain Reynolds for Halloween. And was told off by his daughter because 'there aren't any space cowboys, and didn't you wear that five years ago?'. Win.
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This morning we got to order around plant trees with some school kids. I was a bit worried about it on the weekend, but the kids were well behaved and amusing (and very chatty- I think they were divided up into groups of ffriends

My sister came over again last night. She's been here all day and is feeling sick right now. And maybe has the flu.

Found on the net-

Duck Duck Go A search engine that doesn't save your data or railroad your search results towards sites you are more likely to ideologically agree with

Harry Potter and the... what? Some dude watched the last movie without having watched the others or read any of the books and came up with... something

Canine Amaterasu cosplay
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Yesterday I was weeding with my gloves because I wanted to pull out the thistles that have started to grow in the garden. Because they're not good to touch or anything. And one of them bit me through my glove. I wasn't happy. And I shouted a more profane version of the post title at it. But I was going to kill it, so I guess all's fair in biology and war.

There were also some mushrooms behind a huge patch of weedy grass. They will probably die once the grass has been pulled out, though :(

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Total wordcount for JulNoWriMoThingie stands at 39k plus some. I skipped about five days and didn't hit word count on a handful more. I think I could keep up that pace most of the time if I could figure out how to turn off the part of my brain that zones out/ goes on tangents every so often- first couple of days were pretty good for both wordcount and time because I was just focused on getting words out, after then it would take 3 or 4 hours to do around 2000 words, and while I could make that time while going out and doing other things, I wouldn't have enough time to be doing anything else.

Next up for Chained will probably be research and doing up character sheets for all the main characters. And it wants a soundtrack. As in 'oooh, this song really fits the story thematically, and so does this one, and this one fits with those and was associated with a scene in the old draft...'

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I'm gong to have a massive bruise on my thigh tomorrow from climbing over a gate today (it was locked and our teacher didn't have the key) and not getting my leg high enough over the fence to not hurt myself.

I took some pretty pictures of the saltmarsh and the plants.

Also, I am not dreadfully tired. It is a miracle!

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My birthday's in about a week, and I'm still figuring out what I want to do. Apart from being a bit epic, in the 'stuff I can make happen with a couple of days of work'. I have some ideas.

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Here, have some dalek-related amusement- the dalek game

And this is just plain amusing, even though I've never played Portal Warning- Cracked article
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I have been busy lately. Like, actually getting out of the house and doing things. The term has started back, so Tuesday I was back out to photo editing. Wednesday I tagged along with a cert 2 conservation group to Limeburners' Bay, took heaps of photos, and accompanied the group back to the classroom. Thursday I thought was going to be Horticulture, but the class actually starts back up next week. So I took some photos of where Rosewall Primary school used to be, and walked back. And I've still mostly gotten my writing done around that.

I got asked if I wanted to actually do the cert 2, and I am seriously thinking about it. It started off that I'd been asked if I would enjoy it and I thought it sounded interesting but I wasn't sure, so I went to check it out. And Limeburners' is cool. It's actually not far from where I live, and it's so unusual. It's a salt marsh, I think, and it used to be a lagoon before they dredged some of it so they could build a yacht club there. And it's... very much the opposite of what we still think of as a beautiful landscape- the natives plants are more often brown or red or gold or silvery than green, and the landscape is flat and smells of salt from the sea, and the area where the mangroves grew smelled like sulphur, but when you are actually there, it is a beautiful place. We carry so much of the mythical European ideal landscape of greenery as far as the eye can see with us that we can't see how beautiful the landscape before us actually is until we go and look with our eyes and not our cultural baggage.

Not dead

Jul. 14th, 2011 05:39 pm
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I haven't been on for a looong time. I think it was a combination of playing Okami again, dad's computer playing up and mum's restarting itself randomly every so often, and getting head-deep in rewriting Chained in NaNoWriMo style. (I'm on 20k. It's cool, but I'm edging onto problems where my style doesn't mesh with the 'all wordcount, all the time' style of nano. I'm holding off editing until I either win or hit failure point, just to kind of prove to myself that I can do nano. Or die trying.).

Links, for personal reference, but if you guys think they look interesting...

haikujaguar- the three Micahs (on art/creative business)- why a day job is good

Walking on Broken Glass webcomic- first page Nicked from Lupa
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Yesterday I was helping build a food forest at a primary school. It's like a veggie garden, except there's fruit trees and herbs and veggies as well. And the second I got home, I had a long hot shower because my muscles were Not Happy. My muscles are still a tad whiney today, but not as much as last night. And it's different muscles doing the complaining.

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I could go see X-men: Origins with the Continuum crew, which will almost certainly leave me stuck at a train station somewhere in geelong at 8 o'clock at night, and either hope my parents are home so I can ask for a ride or get a taxi back.

Okay, I just put in for it. We'll see how it goes.

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Doctor Who: The Almost People- There were parts of this I thought were brilliant, and parts that sucked, and parts that are either internally inconsistent or completely awful. Spoilers )
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Lilith Saintcrow makes me feel like I'm not the only scatterbrained person in the universe I've never been that bad, but the closest to that kind of run I've ever been in maybe 4000 words over two days, and not writing all day every day coz the writing's running to the finish. But I am normally fairly scatterbrained.

I've been out most of the day- gardening class first, and then over to the other community centre because they had a festival thing on. Just kind of tired. Need brains. Mmmm, brains.
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It's been.. two weeks? I think? since I've been on here. That's no good at all! I'll have to fix it.

Slightly tired right now, job hunting and taking an online test for one of the applications. And hungry. Hungry is no good.

*fixes hungry* Vienna bread, nom!

I have been writing 1000 words a day since last thursday, and writing in the morning and evening. I've figured out that I write about 500 words an hour when I'm not stuck. My not make it today, though :(
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I've been kind of up and down lately. And spending large amounts of time on the playstation, which isn't helping. I've been having days where I felt like I could take on the world, and then days when I'm just... nothing. Today's a better day- I decided I was going to try to go to Bendigo next week- its more than time I went back, and I haven't seen Sharron and Laura for literally years. Doing productive things helps a lot.

Also, triple j gave me a present this morning, sort of- just after my alarm went off this morning, they played Daniel by Bat for Lashes. It's 80s awesome.

I still haven't started on that stack of books from the library.

Blossom has just come and asked for pats, and she has styrofoam on her nose! And is barking at the singing computer.
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I think LJ and DW broke my brain a bit yesterday. Not only 'Noooooo, cyclone Yasi is ginormous and pissed off, but there were bushfires in western Victoria as well. And an author writing that they can't quit their day job because it gives them health insurance which is prohibitively expensive elsewise (stabs US healthcare system with a rusty spork. What kind of country can't take care of its ill?) And Egypt. :(

Not much of anything lately, just too much tvtropes.org. Way too much. Also, drew a map for a short story because I feel like I need more background detail to make things real, and it will be useful for terrain and being able to figure out why these two places are at war. Which I did during this week's episode of NCIS because it was boring as.
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Post of doom has just been temporarily withdrawn due to length and being random. Also for containing prompts that are better off being expanded upon before being posted :) I'm sure you could live without paragraphs such as 'Doctor Who' and 'Skellig' and 'Christmas was fun and kind of insane.'

And we have heaps of cans of soft drink left over from hosting both sides of the family here.

I'm in a trying stuff phase of teh Paganism. It's better than the alternative, which is nothing for years on end because I don't know what would be good to do or how I should do it.
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My sister came over yesterday so we could go out for dinner for her birthday. I got her the dvd of How to Train your Dragon, which we watched last night. It's a really good movie. On wednesday me and dad and her went bowling, and in one game she scored a spare by bowling a miss and then bowling a strike. It's kind of a bizarre thing to watch. And I sucked worse than usual.

I cleaned my room a bit yesterday. I swept up some dirt clods caused by small doggies bringing their muddy feet into my bedroom, and moved my stuff around so I had more room for dvds in my dvd shelf, and moved some of my books.

Homework is kind of... not getting anywhere fast. As in, I'm not doing as much work on it as I should be. Also, I hate Internet Explorer and want it to die. It aaaaate my beautiful web design :( ...I think I may have found a workaround. And not a fiddly one. Yay! *hopes it works*

Writing is going well, as usual, but has been.. unusually interesting. It looks like this draft is going to finish at the 25k mark. I know there's things I need to go back and put in, but I'm not sure if I have 50k worth. The proof will be in the pudding, I guess. And if I don't, I'm sure I can fit in another sub plot somewhere.
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We have most of a new kitchen now. It even has a sink. It's kind of a corner of the extension that has been closed off by the benches- smaller than the old kitchen, but it doesn't have a huge-ass table in the middle of it. And they've cut open the inside wall for the doggy door, so the dogs will be able to get out. Because we have new glass double doors and are losing the current back door. Or, you know, lots of stuff.

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