polychrome_pen: (Drake of Jewel Riders)
Your ficlet request, my dear! :)  I hope you enjoy it, and hope that you had a spectacular birthday!

Unfortunatley it turned into dark!Jewel Riders fic...XD )
polychrome_pen: (Drake of Jewel Riders)
*throws confetti*

I made the 50,000 word goal this year!  Gah, I wish I had remembered to update here right away, but the last couple of weeks have been a bit of a blur for me.  NaNo was a great experience this year - I made it to several write-ins, and was able to connect with some really nice writers in my area.  I even formally registered and everything on the NaNo board.

Unfortunately, Heart Stone still isn't finished.  Even after 50K additional words, I have the remaining portion of the final chapter, and an epilogue to be written.  I'm hoping to update FF.net soon with the rest of the story.  The part written during NaNo will need some serious editing, but my tentative goal is to get the rest of the story up before the end of the year.  I want to get back to an original project I left off at the end of October, but to do that Heart Stone has to be finished.

Also, I have been binge-buying movies and books online ever since Black Friday.  Seriously, someone send an intervention.  I'm going to have to put myself on a buying moratorium again come January, I think.

I've seen some great movies since last update: Ender's Game, Thor: The Dark World, Catching Fire, and Frozen (twice!).  Frozen is definitely shaping up to be my favorite movie of the year, unless it gets toppled by Hobbit Pt. 2.  Frozen is definitely my favorite animated outing since Tangled (though I enjoyed Wreck-It-Ralph).  Gah, I want to see it again!

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] wickedbish's recommendation, I finally read Robin McKinley's Beauty.  In like two days.  It totally sucked me in, and I didn't do too much the last couple of days as I devoured that book.  Definitely recommended for anyone who loves fairy tale retellings!  (I'm apparently kind of on a fairy tale kick after Frozen?  I also deboxed my Ever After High dolls, which are all kinds of awesome.)

Whoa.

Nov. 13th, 2013 12:08 am
polychrome_pen: (Drake Formal)
So today I passed the 50,000 word mark on a story I have been writing for five years.  FIVE YEARS.

I decided to finish my Jewel Riders fic Heart Stone: A Tale of Tamara for NaNoWriMo this year (word count for the month as of today: 19,720).  Now, I have hit the 50,000 word mark before with another fic project (last year's NaNo project), but those Dragon Flyz fics were interconnected shorts rather than a single narrative.

Am I happy with everything written thus far?  Of course not.  But I've wanted to see this project through to completion for years now.  Kind of my little contribution to the Jewel Riders fannish community (small as it is!) on the web.  Unfortunately though, I think I've also been using this story as a mental crutch to prevent myself from starting anything really original.  (Sort of like a "See, you can't even finish that darn fic!  How could you see an original novel to completion?")  So NaNo provided a wonderful way to both look back and hopefully move forward with my writing at the same time.

The fic is ballooning to fill the provided time and space, but I really would like to have it completed by the end of NaNo (and not have it eat up half a year like all my Dragon Flyz fic!).  Then, I can clean it up and post the rest.   It's certainly not perfect, but I'm proud of it nonetheless. 
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A big thank you to Lori for letting us know about the free shipping sale at Muscara.com! Seriously, that's one of the worst parts about ordering things from Italy - the fact that what you pay in shipping could have bought a whole extra item (or two)!

So, Icy and Stormy Italians are paid for and will (hopefully) be joining my Italian Winx family soon! Also, I'm watching a Darcy on eBay right now, so I hope to have all three Trix. :D
But I'm probably going to put a moratorium on buying Italian Winx after getting the Trix. They're just too expensive to get on such a regular basis.

Tooooooys. You have taken over my life rather suddenly.

Which has had me looking all over the internet for practical ways to store them. I happened across http://www.julianaheng.com/ and was reading some of her articles. She talks in one of them about trying to make it clear to yourself about what lines you collect before you start, so that you don't end up spending a bunch of money on random things. While part of me thinks that's a good idea, another part recoils against such thinking. Sure, it's fun to collect a whole line of something, and almost every toy collector has such a line, but part of the fun of toy collecting is getting something that just...appeals to you. That's the magic of toys and what they're all about!

But back to storage - how DO I cope with the sudden influx of new toys? I've battled storage issues in my room (dealing with books) for years now, but toys require greater care in their storage. If you collect, how do you do it? Rubbermaid containers? Cardboard boxes? Ziploc bags? (Actually, I seem to remember reading somewhere that Ziploc bags can cause damage to your toys?)

Just for fun, I decided to make a list (because I love lists) of toy/doll lines I currently collect/want to start collecting:
1. Jewel Riders (this is my "quest to have the complete line" series)
2. Dragon Flyz (both the 1996 and 2005 lines, though I like the '96 line better due to childhood memories)
3. Winx Club (mostly Italians, but some Mattel as well)
4. MOTU 2002 line (seriously some of my favorite sculpts ever)
polychrome_pen: (Default)
I am so dead right now.

This weekend was one of the busiest in recent memory. In addition to going to Graduation for the Health Sciences school (congrats to Courtney on getting her Speech Pathology degree!) - which was ridiculously hot at 102 degrees - we also drove down to Fresno for my Grandmother's 80th Birthday Party. Both were very nice events (though both were very diet-murdering as well!), and I was finally able to meet the majority of the relatives on my Dad's side of the family.

This is a hectic week coming up too.

Today (Monday) we gave the presentation of our health research poster project to a faculty member. All in all, it went well, which was a big relief considering we did the actual research last semester (so I'd forgotten lots of it!).

Tuesday and Wednesday I start working my "Early Experience Hours" at a local Longs Pharmacy. I'm excited and scared all at the same time - I've never actually worked at a community pharmacy, so it shall be a learning experience for me. Expect more updates later in the week.

On Thursday, we're going to see Phantom of the Opera, which I am INSANELY excited about. I haven't really been out much in the last many months, so it'll be wonderful to go to the theatre again after such a long time. Plus, it doesn't hurt that Phantom is one of my absolute favorites! :)

And finally, on Friday, our Drug Awareness Committee is participating in the Children's Awareness Carnival (CAC), doing about six puppet shows in a row, so I expect to be totally drained by the end of Friday (especially after getting home late from Phantom the night before!).

Also, I have been sneaking episodes of Batman Beyond, which I am thoroughly enjoying. For some reason I'm on a total animated Batman kick right now.

And since I've been rather sick for the last couple of weeks, work has stalled on my Jewel Riders fic (posted here at Fanfiction.net. But I have part of the second chapter done, and hope to finish and post it over the upcoming long weekend, which I will totally need to catch up with both sleep and work (and see Iron Man!).

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