( Nov. 6th, 2011 09:11 am)
Swing: fairly down. I said I'd feel worse about this in the morning and hey, I definitely do.

Mohinder is out for the count.

I was watching Supernatural while cooking some baby carrots and managed to pour some of the sauce into his mouse buttons. Of course, I told the woman from Dell earlier this summer that if my computer broke again I would just buy a new one.

Augh.

And of course this is the month I'm trying to write a novel and the week I have two essays due and a powerpoint presentation to create.

Well. The carrots turned out really yummy at least. :/
( Jun. 24th, 2011 10:39 pm)
Mohinder is still out of commission, but is on his way to the service center. I've been promised when he returns in 7-9 days that he will work perfectly. I dislike writing fic on the desktop computer-- for many reasons, privacy included, but also because the keyboard can't keep up with me-- but I wanted to drop by to share a Midsummer fic over on [livejournal.com profile] holidaysmut . It's just a small piece, featuring Genya of Forest Guardian 'verse fame. That can be found here.

Today marked the end of my third week of working at the Department of Energy's largest national lab-- which is much less exciting than one would think. My mentor thought he had work for me, but ended up not. For a while I stressed about that because I'm getting paid but not doing any work, but I've come to accept my fate. If they want to fire me, than they can. In the meantime I'm getting a lot of reading done. I read the entirety of Scott Westerfeld's  Leviathan today, and finished A Midsummer Night's Dream yesterday. I'm also really incredibly caught up on news, as that's the only thing I'm not afraid of checking out on the computer at work, aside from MIT's Courseware website, on which I read the lecture notes of a very interesting class called Gender, Sexuality and Society.

I miss LJ, and I miss having free time during which I'm not a) exhausted or b) caught out by terrible headaches. I also feel like the only people I socially interact with in real life are my parents, which gets tedious after a while. I've already made plans for next summer to be better, though, so I'm trying not to dwell.

I'll try to start catching up on my f-list tonight some, but in case I miss something I love you all and I hope everything is going well for everyone. If not, may your luck turn. <3

I finally called Dell (holy shit, these eight hour work days have been killer-- today is the first day I'm not exhausted out of my mind) and the news was both better and worse than expected.

Better: A technician will be sent to my home with the parts that need replacing at no cost, and within the next 3-5 business days. Rajesh was lovely, helpful, and polite.

Worse: The motherboard and AC adapter need replacing. What the hell. Firstly, that was not what my father and I diagnosed (we're not experts, but it seems like when the light telling you the computer is charging does not come on, there is an issue with either the cord or the bit you plug the cord into) and secondly, Mo is only 11 months old. He shouldn't be having these issues yet. Luckily, I'm still under warranty, which I did not extend past a year because if something like this happens again where I would be charged $50 to talk to a technician and $300 to replace parts, I would just buy a new computer that is less likely to break down.

Rae-la is coming to visit. Yay! Work has been hard and sucking up all of my time, but I have a couple of nice people to eat lunch with, so that's a plus. Most of the summer students are from this area, but a couple have come from out of town, like V. She's a year older than I am, and seems nice. I can't imagine coming here for the summer and not knowing anyone, so maybe we'll hang out sometime. She already found me on facebook.

I haven't been working on auction fics, but I have been trying to keep up a habit of writing even though Mohinder is down. Hopefully when he gets fixed I'll have something to share. :)
( Jun. 5th, 2011 12:06 pm)
Mohinder is refusing to turn on, which means I've lost the story I began last night, access to my bookmarks and great rec I had to share, as well as reliable access to LJ. Other computers in the house are shared, so it's likely I won't be around reading much. No idea when he'll get fixed, but hopefully soon.

On top of that, work starts tomorrow. Keep me in your thoughts? And Happy Birthday  to [livejournal.com profile] mechante_fille tomorrow. Wishing you well. <3
( Aug. 11th, 2010 10:56 am)
Heh. Missed a day. Maybe I'll list twice today, since I've only been up two hours. Anyway, happiness from yesterday!

Again with the nice people being nice. Went in to have a Hep B titer drawn (because the school demands it) and the nurse and I talked about how uncomfortable it is to have blood drawn from the finger (as she did it from my arm). Normally the doctor does it from my finger, which is always terrible because I apparently don't bleed well from there. Bad circulation or something. Anyway, she was lovely and it didn't even hurt. :)

Shewmaker came over to hang out for a little bit. Having not seen her all summer, it was great to catch up. I'm gonna miss Shew once school starts, but for now it was cool to just talk about Doctor Who and Buffy and charlieissocoollike. And school, which is less exciting for her because she's sticking near home. Still. Awesometimes.

When Shew came, she returned to me a comic book that I didn't even remember having, let alone lending to her. It was like getting a present!

I listened to the classic rock radio station, which I don't normally do, as I was waiting for my mother's doctor appointment to end (nothing life-threatening, but she had a migraine). The music made what might have otherwise been a boring hour pretty entertaining. I was badly prepared for the wait- no mp3 player, no notebook, nothing- so having the radio was a blessing.

I found the Supernatural Season 5 gag reel on youtube. Will came over and we watched it, then chatted for an hour about various things. The gag reel was hilarious, as always, and the chatting was nice. A little random, but nice.

The folders on Mohinder are finally organized. I went through and shuffled everything under 'Fiction' into genre related folders, deleted stuff I would never need again, and then copied the lot onto my flash-drive. Not only am I organized, I'm also backed up! Hooray! :D

A good thing came of a bad thing- my evening set aside for writing the other day didn't go precisely as planned, and now the next Terry/Dan story may be a while in coming. I got to that place where I disliked everything I was writing and had to force myself to go on. So I stopped, took a break, did other things for a while. When I came back to it yesterday, I decided I still wasn't in the right headspace, so I pulled out Tango. Working on that was way easier, because I can pull up the original, complete rough draft in one half of the screen and the chapter I'm working on in the other, and then working from there is essentially editing sentences and adding details, etc. It's a lot like writing, but way more like re-writing, which I think has helped me get back into the zone.

( Jul. 16th, 2010 07:45 pm)
I finished the important things on my list and even made a new list, half of which I managed to get done. I named my laptop Mohinder and decided that Mo and I are going to write a great novel. For sure we'll edit a few lj worthy stories, but we're also going to write a novel that I'm proud of all the way, the first time through. Everybody's life needs meaning, right? Well now Mohinder's does as well.

Aside from trip preparations- and getting up earlier everyday to adjust for the upcoming time change- I did a bit of shopping and bought my own copies of Good Omens and American Gods. I find it to be one of the permanently unfair truths of the world that a person can put hours upon hours upon days upon years into producing a piece of truly riveting and fantastic literature only to have it sell for $7.50 a pop. In fact, it's a little bit horrible. Regardless, I bought those as well as Shadow's Return of the Nightrunner series, which I read all of today. I really enjoyed it, despite some of the reviews I've seen from other fans. It was both enlightening, horrifying, and enjoyable. Getting up at five o'clock in the morning when you have nothing pressing to attend to is both disorienting and boring. Nothing opens until nine or ten, so you can't go shopping and it's still dark outside. Fortunately at least, it gave me time to read.

Work on Tango is going pretty well. Instead of rewriting the first four chapters I've just cut them out. A bit of reorganization and a little twisting to accommodate the change leaves the story better. It's really rather exciting. I'll post the first chapter sometime in the next month or so- I plan not to do any writing while I'm in London, at least of the fictional sort, because I think focusing on that will detract from this awesome opportunity I have to see a wonderful city and spend time with my family.

On that note, July 30th I'll be running around Cardiff, unguided and entirely on my own. This realization both intimidates and excites me. I'm terrified I'll get lost. >.< In any case, I'll probably be scarce around lj until the first week of August. The plane leaves tomorrow around two. (And yes, now I am properly psyched for this trip!)
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