Nov. 1st, 2011 10:12 pm
li_izumi: (well shite)
After suffering the past 3+ years with a rather dibilitating writer's block (I have had PLENTY of story ideas, just lacking the ability to sit down and write them all out!), I determined that I was going to pushy past that block by attempting NaNo this year.

The good news, today I wrote 2934 words.
The bad news, it was an unrelated short story based on a dream I had last night.
Still, after 3+ years of writers block, I was not going to turn away from any story idea that my muse saw fit to give me.

I'm not sure if I'll be counting this story as part of my word count for NaNo. I suppose it depends on if I need 3k at the end of the month.

In any case, here is part one of likely 2 parts, not sure if I'll be writing part 2 tomorrow or holding off for a while. This story, with only a bit of tweaking, is pretty much exactly how my dream last night went. I'm not sure if it was because it was Halloween, or what, but I dreamt of a zombie apocalypse. There is nothing too gruesome here, but it is about a zombie apocalypse. I hope you enjoy the first thing I've written in years:

Zombie Apocalypse )

May 11

May. 11th, 2011 08:48 pm
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Did manage to beat the game last night. Final battle was slow. Not hard, because the trick is to just keep distant, block when she swings her sword, and throw a few spells when the sword is returning to her. But the only spell that is quick enough that actually does some damage to her is Magic Missile. And that does only a small amount of damage to her.

I am kinda wanting to replay some of my favorite classic games (Chrono Trigger for the <3) but I’ve also got a good number of games I haven’t played yet. Eh, we’ll see what I feel like, I suppose.

Oh, my seeds are starting to sprout! I’m super excited to see little plants coming out of the dirt.

I’ve been using a allergy pill (trying Alegra at the moment. It’s not enough for this time of year). Also using a nasal spray. That has been helping quite a bit, but my nose is getting sore from its use. I knew I was going to have problems when I needed to use it this morning at 9. Sure enough, I’m starting to feel the allergy symptoms hitting me. (Yesterday I didn’t need the nasal spray until about noonish, and was fine for the rest of the day. I think I’m about to have a rather miserable next couple hours.)
li_izumi: (hunter)
I have been suffering from a debilitating writer’s block going on 3 or 4 years now. I thought at first it was a mental-block caused by my THESIS. That is, an unconscious feeling that I shouldn’t be writing for fun when I have more then enough work on my thesis. But I finished the thesis a year ago now and still I haven’t been able to write.

It’s not that I don’t have things to write…I’ve got several stories rough-written that could use rewrites and edits and a couple pretty solidly formed ideas floating around in my head. I just can’t seem to sit down and get any of it written down. This came to a head in the past few weeks as I struggled to write down a relatively simple RPG post-game write-up. I just couldn’t get anything down. Finally I threw together some words that at least summed up events more or less from my characters perspective. It was not to my standard of writing, but at least it was something and at least it was written down and turned in to my frustrated GM.

I knew I needed to get myself writing again. Somehow, someway. Monday morning on my way drive to work I tried to think up some little fictive ideas that maybe I could write up for a few minutes at work. Nothing was really coming to me. So if fiction wasn’t going to be come easily at this time, let me at least write about myself, I have decided. That way there I was doing some writing, at least. And maybe this could help lead me back to being able to write my fiction stories again.

I’ve got a bit going on with my life right now. I just started an attempt at container gardening some vegetables from seed. I am a cataloguer, getting a hold of books before stores and libraries do. I’m studying kanji flashcards. I collect Asian Ball-Jointed dolls, and I’m expecting a new one to come in any day now. I sometimes play D&D and video games. I’m trying to loose a few pounds, mostly because my pants have been rather tight and I am too cheap to buy new pants. (Why buy pants when I could buy manga?)

Each day I’ll try to get a few thoughts written down regarding what I’m doing that day. It’s not likely to be of interest to anyone but me, but as this is primarily a writing exercise for me, that’s ok. I’m not sure I’ll get to posting everyday, so it might look like today’s post: a few days bundled into one post. But that’s ok. Because I’m going to be writing again.

writings for the past 3 days )


Dec. 21st, 2010 05:23 pm
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Yoshitaka Amano, known for doing character designs for the early Final Fantasy and for the art of Vampire Hunter D, draws amazing, highly-stylized art. He is directing a new movie.

It is amazing.

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1. I have a Christmas tree. There was some effort to get it and things to go on it. But I have it and it is lit up and awesome.

2. "artistic" photographs of nude, conventionally pretty women. Wow. Really original. That's so never been done before. How avant-guarde.

No, Frank De Mulder, you are not clever in calling your erotic photograph collection "pure" and no, British Library, I will not condone classifying this collection as "artistic" photography when it is so clearly "erotic". This is smut, pure and simple, not artistic nudes.

Yeah, fun times cataloguing.

3. Cosplay in America...a new photobook. my thoughts? not great photographer with good models. i don't care for his crops, he only has the head/torso lighted, so when he does longer shots, the legs are dark. he's got cosplayers who know how to pose as their characters, and he's got an external light source and probably a pretty good camera, but i wouldn't say as much skill in photography. How the hell could a guy with his level of photography get an art book?

4. OMG This is awesome. It looks like there is only one cut!
Emerson's Lady Gaga Lip Dub

5. This weekend is going to be hectic but full of awesome.


Nov. 12th, 2010 05:35 pm
li_izumi: (p-chan)
Hetalia. I slept in a smidgeon this morning and therefore decided I didn't have the time really for a full anime episode (particularly since they've added more comercials). Furthermore, I have been considering watching a few episodes since it is so popular right now, and since it was featured prominantly on the Funimation video site, today seemed a good day to watch an episode or two.

The first episode suffered from the same problems as all the Hetalia masquarade skits I've ever seen: several of the characters weren't identified. I had no idea who was talking with Germany, for example. I picked up the fact that one of the two was Italy, but the other? no idea. Some of the jokes were going over my head/falling flat big time because I had no idea who was who and what their relation was to the others.

A couple of the little skits were somewhat cute (ie, the Canada/American ball toss) but on the whole, I was left feeling rather "meh" on the show and do not plan to continue watching it.

Kobato. I held off buying it myself, since I had read a few chapters when it was published in...Newtype I think?...and found the series too bland and cutesy for my tastes, but knowing Clamp's habit for sudden dark twists, I wanted to wait and see how things developed before buying it myself. Janel-chan loaned me the second and third volume and I got around to reading them this morning. They are certainly super sachrine-cute, but there's enough going on around that super cuteness that I'm interested enough to want to read more. One thing though is that I found the pacing...interesting. There is a bit of a crisis for the kingergarten Kobato is helping out at...but plenty of time for other smaller things to felt like a RPG, where there is this looming impending disaster that the heroes must defeat in time, but still let's go off on this side quest or spend days leveling up, raising chocobo, etc.

We Love Cosplay Girls. Cataloguing this at work. A few of the costumes are AMAZING. Many times, the costume looks great, but the overall styling doesn't work. And in many cases, I've seen the character done a LOT better at some of the U.S. conventions. The Tasuki (Fushigi Yuugi) for example, didn't have the right hair color. Tasuki's hair is red/orange, not brown! Some of the pictures were mislabeled (notable the villians of Saiyuki page, which has all but the main guy mixed up.) Argh. and another typo/mis-spelling. NOT impressed. Needed a better editor.

Meanwhile, how did Akiko and my saiyuki costumes fare compared to the Japanese ones? First, Yaone: she's got a nice wig, and she's chosen to do the long pointed ears. Unfortuantely, the ears look very fake. Her costume is very neat/tidy looking, but the fabric choice isn't as nice as Akiko's. She did not do the ZOMG massive bow (hers is much smaller, maybe only a couple yards of fabric). While she does have a fair bit of cleavage, she is again outdone by Akiko's. Clear victor: Akiko.

Next up, the Lirin. Her wig is the right color, but it's very messy. Needed a bit of brushing. I like her shirt better than mine, but I like my green shrug better. She did a really great job with the weird waist band on the pants (much better than my version), but did not do the wide pant leg (fail). My belt is also a lot better than hers. Same fake ears as the Yaone. Hard to say who did better over all but I admit to being a bit biased towards mine. And at least *i* did the wide pant leg.

Neither girls did anything special for boots, but the foot ware they choose, while not matching the source, does look nice with the costumes. Akiko and I attempted to do boot covers, and while they never looked great, they were at least some attempt to make something resembling the source. But considering how bad they looked, it might have been better to do like the Japanese girls and not tried. ^.^;;
li_izumi: (SOS)
Shakesville post on the TSA strip-search machines

Mooflyfoof's post on the TSA strip-search machines

Don't Scan Us

seriously depressing long list of horror stories of the new TSA policies

....and another post which gives me some sense of hope for the world:
What the Bible says...and doesn't say...about homosexuality
I don't agree with all of her conclusions specifically but I agree with her over all premise and the general concept of the case.
li_izumi: (p-chan)
Had another Phys therapy today. Things are slowly getting better.

Got a bad headache today about 4:30. Left a few minutes early because of it. Didn't feel right taking aspirin for it because i'm taking massive doses of pain meds already for my arms.

A couple of things I found in my various blogs today:

a really great poetry reading from T. Mali on Fighting for the Library

a really thought-provoking piece and comments on fat and slut-shamming.

I've finally caught up on some of the podcasts I listen to (Forcecast, Robert Llewellyn's Carpool, and the awesome Reddwarf themed Scuttercast (<3 you guys)) so finally getting around to going through the 5 years worth of backlogs of the Serenity-Firefly podcast, the Signal. Listening to it of course means I want to rewatch the series/movie. Which I'll do, probably this weekend unless something comes up.
li_izumi: (well shite) pours.

My internet has decided to crap out. After calling my cable provider, gone through a set of useless steps, they had me plug my laptop directly into the modem. Still nothing. They say they're going to do something, put me on hold, and half an hour later I give up and hang up. Shortly after, laptop decides to recognize the modem. But only when directly plugged in. No wireless. Call back cable company but it's a netgear router so i have to call netgear to reset that.

So i've got internet when I'm at my desk, which means I can check my email and what not, but it's a bit on the inconvenient side of things.

Also? as if I haven't had enough expenses this month, something i've put off since I've moved decided it can't be put off anymore. My computer chair didn't survive the move, but I have an old wooden chair that has been sufficient for the time being. One of the legs likes to pop out, and it's not super comfortable but I'm not at the desk as much so it's been fine. Until it decided to try to kill me this evening.

In more upbeat news, I had a great time visiting family and friends this past weekend.

Checking in

Sep. 1st, 2010 09:58 pm
li_izumi: (hear me)
So it's been a hectic couple weeks.

First, my hard drive died. Fortunately, it was only mostly dead and not dead dead, so I didn't loose anything really. Still, I was without my computer for a week and it was more spendy than I would have liked to have spent fixing it.

Next, I have tendinitis. In both arms. Apparently the muscles in my forearms are SUPER tight and pulling my carpel bones out of place which is causing me wrist pain and then the hand pain. Because have I mentioned zomg pain? I have been suffering from debilitating pain in both my index fingers. So actually was kinda good not to have my computer for a week.

So that's why I've been a bit more reclusive and unresponsive of late.
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Work is work. Going well enough. Not the job i want forever, but I don't mind it.

Been reviewing my kanji flashcards. I've studied the first two sets previously (the first set the most, since i've had it the longest) and have been doing pretty well with those sets. I'm more than halfway through the third set, which is giving me a pretty solid reading knowledge of over 1000 kanji now. It'll take coming across the kanji is other situations (books, articles, randomly on the side of the road, whatever) before I REALLY know them, but I'm feeling pretty good about getting this base-line knowledge of them. I need to review grammar and DEFINITELY need to go over my classical, but these things take time, and I'm getting to them as I can.

My plans for the weekend got a bit disrupted, but I'm not going to complain about a quiet weekend at home. Need to spend some time cleaning anyway.

Was just reading this post on Shakesville that I found very well said on why rape jokes aren't funny.

I've started to write again, but only a little thus far. I hope I can get more written this weekend.

I also really wish my wrist/hand/finger didn't hurt so much when it's my drawing hand. Makes it hard to draw when it hurts.


Jul. 6th, 2010 01:14 pm
li_izumi: (hear me)

If I was looking for a word to describe this weekend, it would be "messy".

Now "hectic", I was expecting hectic. When one is going to be in 3 different states for a 3 day weekend, driving down to ct, then to springfield, then to southern VT, one expects a bit of hectic. But I didn't expect messy.

It started Friday afternoon. I got home, stuffed sleepy meds into Romeo, and while waiting the hour and a half to take affect, I got myself packed up and ready for a long weekend away. Despite the medication and that I waited the time needed to take affect, Romeo got very carsick. Shat twice, drooled heavily the entire 3 hours, and also proceeded to throw up on me.

Somehow made it home. Got woken up in the middle of the night to care for a very sick friend.

Saturday was mostly fun, spending time with family and friends Hung out with Akiko, took a few shots of Viola in the woods. There were no blueberries on the nature trail, but we had heard that the bushes around the lake itself still had a number of berries. So we went out on a neighbor's plontoon boat, and father would steer it towards the bushes on shore and we'd pick as many as we could reach. It was a lot of fun and we got a large number of berries to add to our vanilla pudding pie.

Having returned victorious, I realized I couldn't find my cell phone. I thought I had it in my pocket. It's not around the house, not on the boat, and can't hear it by calling it. So father, his friend, and I sped out to where we were picking berries. (Earlier that day, i had been teasing father on how his boat was a bit overpowered for the lake they lived on. The powerful motor was understandable on some of the large lakes he visited while traveling, but really, on a lake the size as the one they lived on, did he really need to go across it in 2 seconds? I certainly ate my words as we quickly got from home port to the island on the far side where we had been picking blueberries.)

Around the island, the water was quite shallow, and amazingly clear and weed-free. Somehow, we were able to find my cellphone at the bottom of the lake. It powered on, but than immediately off. Glad at least to know it's fate, I have done my best to dry it out and fix it. While it does turn on, I am not able to use it. (the screen turns white) Fortunately, I am currently off-contract, so I should be able to go to a local verizon store and sign up for a new contract and thus get a phone for free and/or cheap. My cell is a few years old and the battery was starting to go anyway. Because it does turn on, I'm feeling hopeful that they will be able to save the data on it, though even if they can't, I think it shouldnt' be too hard to replace the lost information.

Decided to go to VT with Akiko Saturday night. Thought another pair of hands might be useful. We got stuck in a small town in VT for half an hour because of inept traffic control who had no idea how to efficiently move traffic due to the Firework/town event. Finally get to her place, unload the cars, got the tour, and crashed out on the floor.

I'm not sure if it was a dream, or if I really did this, but just as I was falling asleep, I sat up. I was trying to figure things out in my head, and realized that we still needed to do something, or we wouldn't be able to get Akiko moved in/organized or something. Akiko asked what was wrong and I told her how we needed to make certain we had the correct subject headings. At this point, I started to realize it was a dream, but I'm still not sure if it was a dream within a dream (ie, that the whole sitting up part was in a dream as well).

Morning came, I was still pretty exhausted. Movers arrived bright and early. I supervised while Akiko directed, and slowly but surely her new place was filled.

Finally got a hold of J. (we had tentative plans to hang on Sunday). I had IMed N to get their numbers, and finally got hold of J sunday morning.) Left Akiko to her work and headed back down to Springfield area.

The day was spent happily gaming, eating pizza and icecream, and hanging with good friends. In the evening, we made our way to the bridge to watch fireworks. M had a particular shot he wanted to take, and so we let him find his perfect spot and get himself set up. The bridge was a bridge of spiders. It was covered with hundreds if not more giant spiders. Creepy, but they didn't get in our way, other than preventing us from leaning on the railings. We got to watch not only the city fireworks, but the amusement parks, and the scores of local explosions. Much fun. There were also these mysterious balloons being set off near us with some sort of candle or flame, so there were these strange glowing orbs floating in the air. It felt like we were at Hogwarts. Strange but awesome.

Got back to their house and crashed out. Started to wake up a little before six, but didn't need to be up that early. So I started to doze off again when M's (I think it was M's at least) cell alarm went off. Having experience something similar with H's cell alarm a few years ago when he and A visited, i knew it wouldn't stop if I just ignored it. So I got up and turned it off, and I was up at that point so I got dressed and ready for the day and headed off back north to Akiko's.

Akiko didn't hear me at first at the door, but finally heard me when I tried the back door. I got the new tour. She had gotten a fair bit accomplished and was making progress on the unpacking and getting organized. We puttered a little, and then took a small driving tour of the area. She showed me her campus (beautiful!) and so on. We had lunch at a local pub (tasty food, amazing lemondade) and then went to a local mansion/estate park. The grounds were nothing that interesting, but we do enjoy tours of old mansions. And the house was pretty cool, so it was a nice respite from the heat.

Puttered a bit more than went to find an early dinner at friendly's for some icecream-as-dinner. But their power was out. (probably all the air cons in the extreme heat blew something). So we went exploring and found a local icecream shake. Tasty icecream and a bit of chicken cordon bleu bites for dinner, and than I was on the road.

But my weekend of messy wasnt' over yet.

Halfway through my trip home, my car started sounding/feeling funny. Something's not right. I pull over and check, and sure enough I've got a flat tire. I briefly consider changing it myself (I have before) but I have AAA for a reason. Now of course, I still don't have a working cellphone. Fortunately, I stopped near a home, and the people are not only home but willing to let me use their phone. I call AAA, then go back to my car, and sat on the grass and read while waiting. The woman who owned the house came to check on me after a while, and we chatted for a few minutes before the tow truck appeared. He had a bit of a time getting my old tire off, but eventually got the spare on. (Now mind you, I have a loaded car right now, with a desk Akiko doesn't have room for and thought would work for me. Fortunately, the way the desk is, and how we got it into the back of my car, I was able to just nudge it over slightly and be able to open the compartment to the spare and pull it out). The spare is a bit low, so I have to stop at the nearest gas station to fill it with air. The nearest gas station with air happens to be a good ten or so miles down the road.

Somehow, I manage to get home. Only to find my apartment is BRUTALLY hot. I unload half my car, go to set up my computer only to discover I must have left my powercord at M,J, and T's place. I turn on my computer. I've got a little over an hour left of power on it, and nobody's online. I save things and power down. I've got no means of communicating with anyone. Argh.

By this point, I'm hot and I'm starting to feel frustrated. Time for a cool shower and to try to relax some. Shower was colder than anticipated. No hot water. My bedroom is still stuffy, figure I've felt pretty comfortable enough when it's been this hot on the couch. Figure I'll sleep on the couch. Not quite so much. Didn't sleep well.

Stopped at local garage that did my last oil change and state inspection. They dont' think they'll be able to get a new tire today, and it'll cost less anyway if I just go to a tire place. Found a Verizon store, a Midas, and a Borders Book store all in the same plaza so afterwork I'll be heading down to the city to see if I can get nearly everything fixed and set. I'll manage somehow without my computer for a few days and pick up my powercord on my way back down south for CTcon on Thursday evening. Will find out what's up with my hot water when I can make phone calls. I think I've got a plan on how to get things back to working order,
and feeling hopeful that the week can only improve after a start like this.
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I'd like to get back into writing. I'd like to post more here. These are two separate, but related, wishes.

I have been going out most weekends now to the local parks and doing some photoshoots of my Asian ball-joined dolls.

to protect the ones who might read this and thinks of my dolls as soulless abominations )
li_izumi: (words words words)
My thesis has been finished.

It has been turned in.

I now have a Masters of Arts in Classical Japanese Language and Literature.
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Moving this weekend. Pretty excited.

Gotten much of the edits done on my thesis. Pretty happy.

Getting ready for Anime Boston. Got my costume ready but for the wig. Need to write up a few kanji characters for some new brushpaintings.

Here's a very powerful article on the myth of acquaintance rape as just "miscommunication":
Predator Theory
It's a bit long and can be triggering/hard to read, but I think it's an important read.
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Life is going pretty spiffy. I passed my thesis defense last week, which means that I will be graduating, I just need to finish the edits on my thesis, and that's coming along well.

The time change is a horrible thing that I wish our country would do away with. I am enjoying the beautiful weather today.

I appreciate all offers to help me move. Because I'm hoping to move during the week (Hopefully Monday if I can move in early), I'm planning on using a moving company. As expensive as that is. I've been packing up the stuff in my room and realizing the more I get boxed up, the more there seems to be still to be packed, and that I have too much stuff. I really hope I get to stop moving soon.

I've been reading feminist blogs like The Hathor Legacy, Shakesville, Feministe, and Feministing. I feel like I'm learning a lot, though I still have much to learn. I'm learning about privilege, consent, bodily autonomy, fat acceptance, ableism and ableist language, rape culture, and many other things. Some that I knew/felt but didn't know how to express, some that I had never thought of (privilege) and how to be more aware of what i say and how that might affect others. I feel like I'm just starting to understand some of these things, and I might be obnoxious on my friends for brining things up but not really being able to explain. So I am thinking I might try to post a few links here and there on some of the posts I read that I think very well express some of the concepts I'm learning about and I think are important for others to learn about as well.

There are a LOT of great older posts on the sites I listed above, and I'll try to go through and find some to share later, but for now, I'd like to share one that was posted today regarding fat acceptance and societies fat hatred: Proposed. (The blog is pretty well moderated so trolls are shut down pretty fast, so the comments are safe to read, and often have great points as well).

Umm, otherwise, I'm going to work on packing a little more, working on my thesis, and enjoying the fresh air from the open window beside me.
li_izumi: (Nance-Dance)
I has a job.

A company was super interested in me...called me for an initial phone interview the day after i emailed them my resume. Pay isn't quite as much as I would hope, but I think I can make it work. I went up for an interview end of last week, and got called back pretty much immediately with the offer. Won't get into details here.

I has an apartment.

Father went up with me the beginning of the week to look around. Got a bunch of places off Craig's List. Frustrated the first day. Saw a WONDERFULLY remodelled small, private house, but much too small. The upstairs bedrooms didn't have full walls, so there would be NO way i was going to get my books to fit. The others I saw weren't going to work either. So yeah, day one frustrated. Second day, the first place I saw had this GORGEOUS back porch and back yard, and enough room for me to fit my books and my self. Figured I had found my place. Had 2 more to see that day, one that i figured was probably too small (it was, and had no laundry, and it REEKED of smoke) and that left the last place. THe outside was really not very impressive. But the inside...the inside just blew me away. It is HUGE. The living room was bigger square footage than pretty much any of the other apartments I looked at. It is in IMPECCABLE condition. Just got the call that my bid on it has been accepted. So I have a job, and I have an amazing place to live!

Also: I has a Defense date!

I will be defending my thesis a week from tomorrow! After that, I do some more edits/tweaks on my thesis based on my committee's comments, and then I'm done!

My job starts the beginning of next month. I move the beginning of next month. Anime Boston is the beginning of next month. And I should have my thesis done before then (I hope!) Gonna be tight, but it'll work out. I'm SUPER excited.

I'll post more later, but just wanted to share the exciting, life-changing news :)
li_izumi: (Lost Found)
Flashbacks, flashforwards, and now...flashmaybes

And toying with my hopes.
li_izumi: (stained glass)
I have done all I can on my thesis on my own. Thought I'd be completely done by now. Adviser disappeared for 2 months. Just reappeared. I was about to go stalk him outside his office but he finally replied to my numerous emails. I think the end is in sight now, though.

I've gained a bit of weight this year. It's been a few years since i've been this weight. I tried to do a little since the new year, but that wasn't enough. So yesterday I have started a concentrated effort. Start the morning on the exercise bike for an episode of Naruto Shippuden. Walk the dogs for a mile down the street. Yesterday was work on the abs. Tomorrow will be upper arms (sundays are the day off for weight training). So far so good. Though I'm usually good for the first week or two. Just got to keep trying to keep going.

Father and I have been doing a mini book club. We're reading Emma now.

Still have writer's block. I've got quite a bit figured out on my pirate story, and keep thinking I should write out the outline and notes I have, and I can't even do that. I'm hoping that my block will end when I finish my thesis fully.

Still unemployed living at home. Some hope though...Sent out my resume to 4 jobs I'd be happy doing (two of which are cataloguing!) Four in a week! That's more than there were for autumn and summer combined! So I'm feeling hopeful.

Otherwise, I'm trying to catch up on some podcasts I just got into (Forcecast, a star wars one, scuttercast on reddwarf, and i just discovered the Signal, a firefly/serenity one that will take a LONG time for me to get through, but i'll give it a try to see if it's worth it). Oh, and playing some Heroes of Might and Magic IV. Love that game. Got some good tactics for playing certain army types. Death is my go-to (vampires=win) and nature comes next (confuse the most powerful attackers, then pick them off when they can't act).

So that's my life at the moment.
li_izumi: (Nance-Dance)
Today has been quite good. I worked my arse off, and got a lot done.

My sister will be home in a little over a week, and I have to get the room ready for another person. The closet has been a mess since I moved in, and I know there is a lot in there that can be gotten rid of. So my goal for the day was to get a solid start on cleaning that out. I actually got it pretty much done. It was a bit exhausting, but OMG is there a difference. There are a couple shelves free now, the floor is pretty much clear, one can actually walk in there now. It's great

I got rid of a bunch of stuff: recycled a bunch of papers I've been holding on to that i didn't need to, threw a bunch of things in to tagsales, and a sizeable bag of garbage. Reordered things so they fit better.

The best part of this endevor, besides having a usable closet? I found the Pants of Awesome.


The Pants of Awesome have indeed been found after being missing for 2.5 years, the Pants of Awesome are back.

Meanwhile, as I was cleaning, I worked on backing up my computer. My second major project of the day was upgrading to Win 7. I was terrified, and fully prepared to go tomorrow with laptop and external harddrives with backups to the computer tamers to fix whatever I did to it. It wanted me to uninstall and reinstall afterwards a few programs, like Itunes (which was a hassle getting installed on this new laptop in the first place, and I really, really did not want to unauthorize my computer. You only have so many authorizations!) So I didn't uninstall it or the similar programs, figured I'd give it a try and hope. (And be prepared to go to the computer tamers to fix whatever mess I created).

Install took about 2 hours, and had no problems. all of my major programs are in working order. The task bar looks a bit different, and the library thing will likely take a little while for me to get used to, but over all it seems like everything is in proper working order and running fine. It'll take a few days just to make certain every program works as it should, but it's looking like this was a triumph. I'm making a note here: Huge Success. It's hard to overstate my satisfaction.

...Ok, I'll stop that now.

Anyway, speaking of Huge. Success. GREAT news. Heroes of Might and Magic 4, which wouldn't play on Windows Vista DOES work on Win 7. I love Win 7 already. My Pirates game also works, as does my solitaire game. The important things.

I hope some of the issues I was having with my computer was the evil of Vista and will no longer be an issue. We'll see how things go. Still, things seem to be working the way I want thus far, and I can play Heroes 4 again. I'm pretty damn happy.

On a related to the cleaning out my closet note, I came across the pile of notebooks and papers of some of my old stories. The middleschool/highschool era stories, before I really got into typing things up. They are old. They aren't very good. There really isn't a lot to even try salvaging from them. Should I just throw them out? Hold on to them? What do people think?

November 2011



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