O hokori ni suru kirei na kokoro - take pride in beautiful spirit; heart; mind
"Welcome to my sick, sad little world."
Finally made because even *I* was forgetting where the hell my old stories were. x.x
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So I replied to a comment lunaria_kitty left me earlier today, and then I realized something.__________________________________________________________________________________________________________
... Why didn't I tell myself this earlier?
So now I'm posting it for me, and leaving it at the top of my journal so that it will stare at me every time I load the page. Maybe it will help. Maybe not. But that's not the point, is it?
You know, I almost didn't do NaNo this year because I *ALWAYS* fail for some reason or another? And then I thought about why I wanted to do it.
I realized I don't want to write 50,000 words in a month. (Well, I do, but.) I just want to *write*. I have an awesome story in my head and I want to tell it.
I've been counting my words each day and adding them up because of the challenge rosabelle
made for the year, and because it interests me to see how much I write or don't write during months where I'm particularly stressed. So I've already been counting, so I might as well just go ahead and put them towards NaNo, right? Why not?
But that's not why I decided to sign up. I signed up because I want to write. I'm not going to win, but I'm going to write. And that's what matters.
Don't join because everyone's doing NaNo and it's fun to encourage each other. Join if you have a story you want to tell. And then write it! Who cares how many words it is? Some of the most awesome stories I've ever read were a *lot* less than 50,000 words. All that matters is that you have fun writing an awesome story. ♥__________________________________________________________________________________________________________The point is to *write*. ♥
For anyone who hasn't guessed by now, this is the official announcement: There will not be a Power Rangers Day 2016 fic exchange.
I wish I could, and I will miss it it terribly, but between mandatory overtime at my work and a two month old munchkin in my life, I just don't have the time. -_-
My sincere apologies to anyone who was looking forward to it. With any luck, next year will find me in a better place to start the exchange up again.
Today's Life With Kid Revelations:
- The song Stacy's Mom now makes me uncomfortable.
- The saying that parents/a mom never eats a warm meal is not an exaggeration.
I know there are AMAZING fathers out there in the world somewhere. The kind of dads who are so competent they look at you funny because why the hell would they be anything else. Who love their kids fiercely and get comments about how it's so nice to see a dad being involved with their kid and they just sort of stare back and go 'Uh. Yeah?' because what else would they be?
If you are or know one of these dads, ALL THE KUDOS and appreciation to you. You rock. -Fist bump- This post is not about or for you, so please don't take it personally.
I just don't see many competent dads around me these days.**
Back in January, I shared the news that I'm going to be a co-parent. We are now literally days from the impending arrival. My future minion/nephew is set for induced labor on the morning of Tuesday May 17th. (Coincidentally, I laughed so hard when Dreamwidth informed me that's punkpinkpower's birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEETIE YOU'RE GETTING BABY FIC.
Kidding. Probably.) I am officially spending my last few hours as an unattached adult. (Excluding my AMAZING girlfriend and her adorable kids, of course. ♥)
I am excited, terrified, and still occasionally questioning if this is all an elaborate prank for which I will END Shi-chan.**
( I"m also struggling with being the only other parent in my kid"s life.Collapse )
But that's someday.
Right now, I have a partially clean apartment full of baby things and chores to do. I have my Heart Sister, who I make jokes with about evictions and try to remind her it's just two more days. I've got anxious cats to reassure because they know Something Is Up and they do not like it. I've got my Amazing Girlfriend who laughs at me when I'm in New Parent Mode and reminds me daily how incredibly lucky I am to have her in my life. My family is getting bigger, and that's wonderful and amazing and scary all at once. ♥
In two days I'll have Z, my baby nephew, and that's when everything changes.
* I originally planned to rant about another deadbeat jackass in this post. I rant out of steam before I could properly find the words for ranting after a lot of keyboard smash and raging about being an asshole to your kids.
** I told her this. She laughed and told me she still has to look down and remind herself there's a baby in there sometimes.
I keep telling myself to make a Life Updates post one of these days, since I'm 99% sure I haven't posted since like, November.
HAH NOT EVEN CLOSE - October 18th. But 'Drowning in Life' is still very appropriate. And Life and Work and Things are happening all over the place and I'm too busy to even write, and if that doesn't tell me that my life is out of order, I don't know what does.
So, let's start with a journal post.
( Work is craziness and awful and awesome and exhausting and challenging and craptastic and so many things all at once.Collapse )
( In other news, I have a new Health Issue:Collapse )
As for bigger news, ( my roommate/best friend/Heart-Sister Shi-chan is pregnant.Collapse )
-Yawns- I think my thoughts are finally winding down again ...
Shi-chan's birthday was today, and some friends took us out to dinner. They are FABULOUS people, and we all had a great time. These friends are an amazing couple that blow me away every time I see them. Like I'm being reminded once again just how much I genuinely like them both. They're the kind of couple that balance each other out: she ranted to us about her awful day, while he listened patiently and nodded along with occasional annoyed commentary on her behalf, and later she listened patently while he gushed at me me in great detail about a movie that I'd reminded him off and how much he loved the beer he'd ordered and half a dozen other things. They also share this fantastic ability to somehow energize the people around them. I'd been fighting a nap all afternoon, and after two and a half hours with them, I'm just now getting sleepy again, four hours later.
And he wore a kilt to dinner. With a T-shirt with a lionhead symbol on it. He's good people. ^_^
Watching them also made me think about my own romantic relationship, and just how happy I am in it. It was a lovely feeling. ♥
It still feels like there's so many fun and crazy stories I should be telling. Laughing hysterically at the carwash this morning because Shi-chan's car had been horribly bird-bombed the night before, and it was so bad the guys working there were laughing too and offered to run us through the automated system again. My new New Nintendo 3DS, in pretty sparkly deep red. My newest game, Story of Seasons, which is both beautiful and adorable and I have no idea WTF I'm doing. Seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens with a co-worker and her husband and having an amazing time. (Finn is THE BESTEST and POE OMG POE and oh yes #ishipit.) My lovely and amazing girlfriend and her adorable kids that alternatively completely accept me in their lives despite having never met me and have no idea why I'm interested in their lives at all. Being SURROUNDED by pregnant women, like it's in season or something. (I'm at three, waiting for confirmation on a fourth.) Hunting down dragons for Shi-chan's baby theme because It's All Target's Fault. Discovering the wonderful show The Librarians and finding an interpretation of Santa Claus I have actually been able to not only accept and enjoy, but nearly been brought to tears by. Various Crazy Cat Antics because Things Are Changing and This Is Not Acceptable. Making DC Comic jokes at work and discovering people who actually get them. Being torn between wanting to write Charlie's Drama Story and wanting Antonio/Jayden cuteness and fluff. My intense hatred of Windows 10 and my fierce desire to see it burn in hellfire.
I suppose it's still life. And I'm still living it. Which leaves me feeling much better about things than I did when I started this post. ^.^
Putting up my Holiday Wishlist for this year at last.
1. A Car (It doesn't have to be pretty. It just needs to run well enough to get me to and from work every day. Also possibly to get groceries.)
2. A desk
and computer chair. - Thank you, Self! ♥
Bookshelves. - Thank you, Self! ♥
4. A sword rack.
A New 3DS XL (The New system, with the updated controls.) - Thank you, Self! ♥
6. A PS4
7. Corel VideoStudio Ultimate X7
8. Gift cards for Barnes&Noble, Starbucks, Target, or Wal-Mart.
9. Hurt/Comfort or fluffy slash fics, music videos, icons, banners, and/or desktops for:
- Any of my unwritten Challenge Signups
- The rest of punkpinkpower's Not Everything Needs Words
- The fabled PirateAntonio Porn I was once promised by rosabelle
10. Family Fluff and/or Hurt/Comfort sibling fics for:
- Mike and Leo
- Conner and Eric
- Lauren and Jayden
11. Fluff or Hurt/Comfort fic involving Parental/Brotherly relationships between:
- Dean and Sam Winchester from Supernatural
- Scott and Alan Tracy from Thunderbirds
- Mike and Leo Corbett from Power Rangers
12. Any fic involving Justin and his awesomeness. Particularly if it involves him being adopted/snuggled by teammates. Because he needs all the hugs.
13. Movies/Box Sets for:
- Power Rangers (All the series box sets after MMPR.)
- Case Closed Movie - 14th Target
Lupin the Third vs. Detective Conan - Thank you, Shi-chan! ♥
- Sailormoon (The re-released 90's version.)
- Extended Editions of The Hobbit movies The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Battle of the Five Armies
- Mobile Suit Gundam Wing (Complete TV Series)
- Saint Seiya Complete Series
- Fullmetal Alchemist (
Brotherhood and/or the first series; all I have is the Conqueror of Shambala movie) - Thank you, Challon and Rosa! ♥
- Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Seasons 2-4
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Short Stories 1 and 2
- Thank you, Self! ♥
15. Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley on Nintendo 3DS
Story of Seasons on Nintendo 3DS
- Thank you, Self! ♥
17. Fire Emblem: Awakening on Nintendo 3DS
Chocobo Tales on Nintendo 3DS
- Thank you, Self! ♥
I keep meaning to post a status update lately, but I've been downing in Life.
Not Offline Issues. Just.
( Thing the First: I have a new job!Collapse )
Suffice to say, it's been a really bad week. I'm trying to decompress for the weekend (hence the ranty post), but it's not happening as easily I need it to be. >.<
So. Moving on to happier things.
Thing the Second: I moved! I was finally able to move into a bigger apartment! I HAVE MY OWN ROOM. MY OWN BATHROOM. THINGS THAT ARE MINE AND SPACE THAT IS MINE AND I DO NOT HAVE TO SHARE IT. -Flails forever- My room looks like a storage unit right now because all I have is a bed and a lot of boxes but OMG MY ROOM!!!! \0/ Also a bigger kitchen and living room, and a balcony. Downside is that we have a flight of stairs now, but considering it's now only 10-15 minutes to work AND there's a bus I can take if I need to? NEW APARTMENT IS AWESOME. ♥
Thing the Third: I has new laptop!
( Meet Kim:Collapse )
Other news ... Uh. I'm attempting NaNo this year, as always. I really don't know how it's going to work out with massive amounts of overtime, but I'm going to give it try. I think having my Kindle this year is actually going to help a lot, because I write on that on my lunch breaks sometimes. My goal is to write what I can during the weekdays, even if it's just a couple hundred words, and then
OD on Code Red and ice cream to catch up on the weekends. I think even though NaNo is well, NaNo, and November is The Month of Doom, I really need to make the effort to write more for awhile. I'm a lot less stressed out after I write.
On which note, I am off to attempt to do some writing! Because Writing Therapy. It's important. ♥
The Power Rangers Day 2015 fandom friendship exchange is now open! Go forth and read all the AMAZING stories we have this year! ♥
By popular request, PR Day 2015 prompt requests are now available for Treats!
A few things of note:
- You do not have to be signed up to the collection to post a treat! If you do write a treat for someone, please be sure to post it to the Power Rangers Day 2015 Collection (Ranger_Day_2015) so that we can all enjoy it.
- Treats do not have a due date. If you feel inspired by a prompt and find yourself posting before reveals are up, GO FOR IT! If you'd like to take your time to work on your treat, feel free to do so!
- As Treats are not part of the official exchange, there is no minimum or maximum word count.
- All fics will be revealed this Friday.