amatyultare: (bookworm glee)
Because what's the fun of making a mix without being able to expain what all the songs mean?

Dear Lord, I have managed to write something that is almost 6000 words long and yet will baffle all but maybe a dozen people.

Regarding the stories - I am so, so sorry. I took gigantic liberties with the plot and a bunch of the characters in order to make the story have a clean narrative arc. Also I left A LOT of characters out either because I didn't have a place for them in the story, I wasn't know much about the character, or I couldn't find a good song for them. (Also, I couldn't remember Noah's character's name, so I just called him Noah. Sorry!) (Also-also, notes are at the end.)

Regarding the songs - they tend to relate to a mix of the specific story and the character in general. Some are heavily on one side or the other; for example, 'Body' is obviously very story-driven. Probably the least story-related song is Mehru's, since it's reflecting her inability to move forward from the pain of her past. I obviously have a Lot of Thoughts about the song choices so, uh, feel free to ask about anything you want?

Track List (note that 8tracks only lets you listen to a mix 'in order' once):

  1. Body - Mother Mother

  2. Numb - Marina and the Diamonds

  3. Turn The Page - The Streets

  4. The Horror - RJD2

  5. Invincible - Pat Benetar

  6. Down And Out - Th' Legendary Shack Shakers

  7. Face The Music - Conjure One feat. Tiff Lacey

  8. Pyramid - Two Door Cinema Club

  9. Sacred Beast - Tally Hall

  10. "M" Is For Morphine - The World/Inferno Friendship Society

  11. Killer Queen - Queen

  12. Ulysses - Franz Ferdinand

  13. Born Again Again - Th' Legendary Shack Shakers

  14. Ain't No Room - The Vines

  15. Little Stranger - Owls

  16. Necessary Evil - The Dresden Dolls

  17. The Lady - Tally Hall

Once Upon A Multiverse )

Notes:

  • ‘The Beginning After The End’ is the title of a song by Stars

  • ‘Young Bold Soldier’ is of course a line from Turn The Page by The Streets

  • While I usually referred to Vana as ‘her’ during the game because it was easier, all shardminds are technically genderless. Therefore I’m using the gender-neutral pronouns ‘zie’ and ‘hir’ for Vana (and all Shardminds).

  • ‘The Ceiling Falls About Me, Ropes Tight Around My Wrist’ is a lyric from a Pinback song BBtone

  • 'Chaos Walking' is the name of a YA sci-fi series by Patrick Hess

  • ‘Good&Evil’ is the name of the Tally Hall album that both Tally Hall songs on this album come from

amatyultare: (devil has a smile)
Getting that apple-scented candle at Hannaford was such a good idea; my whole room is now engulfed in autumn-scented deliciousness.

It's been a satisfying weekend. Saturday involved tons of fun and a whole lot of hanging out with friends - of course, those two things are practically synonymous. Today was quieter, but I'm pleased with what I accomplished.

The big item on today's to-do list was finishing up a costume - the one I had gotten about 85% completed before PCM but then gave up on. I wanted to wear it to Weekend Anime's cosplay potluck tomorrow, so I finished it up, then washed and dried it to get the wrinkles out. The last part was perhaps not entirely a good idea. I am not an amazing seamstress, and now the dress is starting to fray and has a few iffy seams. Still, it's wearable for tomorrow, and afterwards I can work on it or rip it apart and use it for a pattern for a new costume or something.

I spent much of the rest of the day writing in my (paper) journal at Panera Bread. (Yes, I was writing in my diary in a cafe. I was even listening to angsty indie rock on my iPod at the same time. I occasionally enjoy reveling in cliche.) I wrote something like 12 pages - granted, they're short pages, but that's still the most I've ever written in my journal at one time. I was musing on a certain ongoing situation, about which I am very much of two minds. I was hoping writing about it would give me some clarity, but I am just as indecisive about it as I was before. On the other hand, I'm a lot more calm about the whole thing, so it wasn't wasted effort at least.

It's almost midnight and I need to get some sleep so I can hit the ground running at work tomorrow - I'm still so behind, eep. So it's bedtime for me.
amatyultare: (devil has a smile)
Getting that apple-scented candle at Hannaford was such a good idea; my whole room is now engulfed in autumn-scented deliciousness.

It's been a satisfying weekend. Saturday involved tons of fun and a whole lot of hanging out with friends - of course, those two things are practically synonymous. Today was quieter, but I'm pleased with what I accomplished.

The big item on today's to-do list was finishing up a costume - the one I had gotten about 85% completed before PCM but then gave up on. I wanted to wear it to Weekend Anime's cosplay potluck tomorrow, so I finished it up, then washed and dried it to get the wrinkles out. The last part was perhaps not entirely a good idea. I am not an amazing seamstress, and now the dress is starting to fray and has a few iffy seams. Still, it's wearable for tomorrow, and afterwards I can work on it or rip it apart and use it for a pattern for a new costume or something.

I spent much of the rest of the day writing in my (paper) journal at Panera Bread. (Yes, I was writing in my diary in a cafe. I was even listening to angsty indie rock on my iPod at the same time. I occasionally enjoy reveling in cliche.) I wrote something like 12 pages - granted, they're short pages, but that's still the most I've ever written in my journal at one time. I was musing on a certain ongoing situation, about which I am very much of two minds. I was hoping writing about it would give me some clarity, but I am just as indecisive about it as I was before. On the other hand, I'm a lot more calm about the whole thing, so it wasn't wasted effort at least.

It's almost midnight and I need to get some sleep so I can hit the ground running at work tomorrow - I'm still so behind, eep. So it's bedtime for me.
amatyultare: (nanowrimo)
54,235 words.



And my story is finished (I actually didn't allow myself to 'validate' and become an official winner until I finished the story).

...holy crap.

I almost got a little teary in the middle of Panera Bread. I can't believe I did it! And I can't believe it's over!

I'm going to go be stunned a little more now. And possibly eat a cheese danish.
amatyultare: (nanowrimo)
54,235 words.



And my story is finished (I actually didn't allow myself to 'validate' and become an official winner until I finished the story).

...holy crap.

I almost got a little teary in the middle of Panera Bread. I can't believe I did it! And I can't believe it's over!

I'm going to go be stunned a little more now. And possibly eat a cheese danish.
amatyultare: (devil has a smile)
This ended up being a pretty active weekend. Not entirely restful, but hey, I can't have everything.

Friday night I drove up to the DFC to visit Mom and Eric. I attempted to sleep on my waterbed, but a waterbed's internal heater really needs to be on for a few days before the bed is comfortable; otherwise the cool water just leeches body heat right out of you. I eventually gave up and slept on the sofa.

Saturday I neatened up my room because I had left it in a complete mess, helped Mom with a few chores, ate some delicious blueberry pancakes, and reread Parliament of Whores. (P.J. O'Rourke <3) I packed up a few more things to bring back (like my manga and my winter coat) and headed back to P-town Saturday night.

Today I slept late and had the most bizarre dreams (as I often do when I sleep late). I wonder if it's odd that my dreams almost never are 'stationary' i.e. taking place in one location. They almost always involve running/driving/flying/etc. from place to place constantly. I think that's part of why I feel tired when I wake up after a long dream. ^_^

I went over to Westbrook for the NaNo kickoff party - good times. In between activites, I made myself a book cover (now that I have a title and all). It's less than amazing and very monochromatic (a picture of a whiteboard, on an off-white background, with black writing on it...yeah), but I'm reasonably satisfied with it.

The late afternoon/evening was devoted to a small shopping spree (mostly for cleaning supplies and a few groceries) and reorganizing my room. I brought back my box of posters and wallscrolls - besides making it feel more homey, I figured that putting them up would cause sound to be absorbed and take away some of that empty-room echoiness. The funny thing is that I now am back to having a ridiculously geeky room covered in anime wallscrolls (plus my Labyrinth poster, which as per tradition is on the wall directly facing the door - the first thing you see when you walk in is David Bowie staring at you). I cleaned the bathroom, did my laundry, and called it good for the evening.

Now I really need to get to sleep - my goal is to NOT have to drag myself out of bed every morning while internally cursing my alarm. We'll see.
amatyultare: (devil has a smile)
This ended up being a pretty active weekend. Not entirely restful, but hey, I can't have everything.

Friday night I drove up to the DFC to visit Mom and Eric. I attempted to sleep on my waterbed, but a waterbed's internal heater really needs to be on for a few days before the bed is comfortable; otherwise the cool water just leeches body heat right out of you. I eventually gave up and slept on the sofa.

Saturday I neatened up my room because I had left it in a complete mess, helped Mom with a few chores, ate some delicious blueberry pancakes, and reread Parliament of Whores. (P.J. O'Rourke <3) I packed up a few more things to bring back (like my manga and my winter coat) and headed back to P-town Saturday night.

Today I slept late and had the most bizarre dreams (as I often do when I sleep late). I wonder if it's odd that my dreams almost never are 'stationary' i.e. taking place in one location. They almost always involve running/driving/flying/etc. from place to place constantly. I think that's part of why I feel tired when I wake up after a long dream. ^_^

I went over to Westbrook for the NaNo kickoff party - good times. In between activites, I made myself a book cover (now that I have a title and all). It's less than amazing and very monochromatic (a picture of a whiteboard, on an off-white background, with black writing on it...yeah), but I'm reasonably satisfied with it.

The late afternoon/evening was devoted to a small shopping spree (mostly for cleaning supplies and a few groceries) and reorganizing my room. I brought back my box of posters and wallscrolls - besides making it feel more homey, I figured that putting them up would cause sound to be absorbed and take away some of that empty-room echoiness. The funny thing is that I now am back to having a ridiculously geeky room covered in anime wallscrolls (plus my Labyrinth poster, which as per tradition is on the wall directly facing the door - the first thing you see when you walk in is David Bowie staring at you). I cleaned the bathroom, did my laundry, and called it good for the evening.

Now I really need to get to sleep - my goal is to NOT have to drag myself out of bed every morning while internally cursing my alarm. We'll see.
amatyultare: (devil has a smile)
If I get a good running start, I can write 450 words of fiction in 10 minutes. Yay! Does this mean NaNoWriMo is not a totally crazy idea for me? (No, actually, it is...)

This weekend was less than busy, but involved me actually going places and being sociable, which is a good step. On Saturday evening was the first staff meeting for PortConMaine 2009. Excitement and thrills! It was the first time I had seen the new building that Weekend Anime is in - I really like it! It's basically a residential house split into a few sections; besides WA there's a computer repair store, I believe? The details aren't important; it's a great space.

The meeting wasn't huge - the first meeting of the year never is, I think - but there were many familiar faces and we all started getting psyched for 2009. We're back at the Wyndham! With Bob! (Bob is the hotel guy who was 'in charge of' PCM the previous years we were there. Bob is basically the God of PCM. He is AMAZING). We are also going to have a GIANT TENT (in which staffers will sleep).

I also volunteered to be the sponsorship liaison for '09. Basically I will send out tons of emails and letters and make many phone calls asking various businesses to send us free stuff.

Today was also about the weekly southern Maine pre-NaNo meetup. Once we get into November, it will be an official Write-In and apparently will become super intense; right now we just hang out in Panera Bread with our laptops and surf the NaNo forums and chat about plot or character ideas and event ideas for November. (Also, we eat delicious food; I am semi-addicted to Panera Bread right now.) We also do outlining and random prep stuff; I did a few ten-minute sprints, which is how I came up with the word score above.

Next week is the last weekend before NaNo starts so we'll be having our Kick-Off party...fun times.

Is anyone else on my F-list doing NaNo? We could be writing buddies and have word wars...anyone?

(Also, randomly, I truly love the NaNo forums. Where else can you find threads like "Let's say you were going to hide a body" or "I am really starting to detest my main character"?)

(Also, and totally unrelated to everything else in this post, ZOMG I'm 23! And I'm actually living on my own with a real job and everything...it's almost like I'm an adult? Nah, couldn't be...)
amatyultare: (devil has a smile)
If I get a good running start, I can write 450 words of fiction in 10 minutes. Yay! Does this mean NaNoWriMo is not a totally crazy idea for me? (No, actually, it is...)

This weekend was less than busy, but involved me actually going places and being sociable, which is a good step. On Saturday evening was the first staff meeting for PortConMaine 2009. Excitement and thrills! It was the first time I had seen the new building that Weekend Anime is in - I really like it! It's basically a residential house split into a few sections; besides WA there's a computer repair store, I believe? The details aren't important; it's a great space.

The meeting wasn't huge - the first meeting of the year never is, I think - but there were many familiar faces and we all started getting psyched for 2009. We're back at the Wyndham! With Bob! (Bob is the hotel guy who was 'in charge of' PCM the previous years we were there. Bob is basically the God of PCM. He is AMAZING). We are also going to have a GIANT TENT (in which staffers will sleep).

I also volunteered to be the sponsorship liaison for '09. Basically I will send out tons of emails and letters and make many phone calls asking various businesses to send us free stuff.

Today was also about the weekly southern Maine pre-NaNo meetup. Once we get into November, it will be an official Write-In and apparently will become super intense; right now we just hang out in Panera Bread with our laptops and surf the NaNo forums and chat about plot or character ideas and event ideas for November. (Also, we eat delicious food; I am semi-addicted to Panera Bread right now.) We also do outlining and random prep stuff; I did a few ten-minute sprints, which is how I came up with the word score above.

Next week is the last weekend before NaNo starts so we'll be having our Kick-Off party...fun times.

Is anyone else on my F-list doing NaNo? We could be writing buddies and have word wars...anyone?

(Also, randomly, I truly love the NaNo forums. Where else can you find threads like "Let's say you were going to hide a body" or "I am really starting to detest my main character"?)

(Also, and totally unrelated to everything else in this post, ZOMG I'm 23! And I'm actually living on my own with a real job and everything...it's almost like I'm an adult? Nah, couldn't be...)
amatyultare: (bookworm glee)
You know, guys, I never seriously wanted to be a novelist or writer. Actually, I don't remember ever wanting to be a writer - professionally, I mean. The closest I ever got was wanting to be an editor (I'd still rather like to be an editor, but that is a tough job market to break into). I don't do plots. I don't write fiction at all. The last 'story' I wrote was in maybe the 8th grade. And it was historical fiction (based on the life of Anne Frank, and hideously depressing. Don't ask. I was an emo child).

So. I'm not a writer and don't particularly want to be.

WHY in the world am I determined to participate in NaNoWriMo?

Is it the challenge? That's probably it. *sigh* And there's really no going back now; not only have I signed up on the NaNoWriMo site, but I have my two main characters. They're unnamed but I already love them, ARGH.

However, frustratingly, I don't actually have a plot. I know what the setting will be (in a general way) but I don't know what the conflict will be. Or...wait....okay, maybe I do. Sort of.

Granted, this is a good year to do it since I should have plenty of free time after work and so forth. But...but...still! Why?!?

Sorry, just wanted to get that out of my system. I'm going back to my very rough outline now.
amatyultare: (bookworm glee)
You know, guys, I never seriously wanted to be a novelist or writer. Actually, I don't remember ever wanting to be a writer - professionally, I mean. The closest I ever got was wanting to be an editor (I'd still rather like to be an editor, but that is a tough job market to break into). I don't do plots. I don't write fiction at all. The last 'story' I wrote was in maybe the 8th grade. And it was historical fiction (based on the life of Anne Frank, and hideously depressing. Don't ask. I was an emo child).

So. I'm not a writer and don't particularly want to be.

WHY in the world am I determined to participate in NaNoWriMo?

Is it the challenge? That's probably it. *sigh* And there's really no going back now; not only have I signed up on the NaNoWriMo site, but I have my two main characters. They're unnamed but I already love them, ARGH.

However, frustratingly, I don't actually have a plot. I know what the setting will be (in a general way) but I don't know what the conflict will be. Or...wait....okay, maybe I do. Sort of.

Granted, this is a good year to do it since I should have plenty of free time after work and so forth. But...but...still! Why?!?

Sorry, just wanted to get that out of my system. I'm going back to my very rough outline now.
amatyultare: (devil has a smile)
Hey, all. It's been a while. Not a whole lot to report? Microdyne goes as it goes. There's a whole complicated thing which has resulted me in switching to customer service. Not because I was doing badly in tech support, but because...well, this customer service contract uses the same people as the tech support contract I am (was) on, but most of the people HATE this customer service contract. So the 'assistant manager' for it is leaving, and I've been tapped to replace her. It means a lot more work, but whatever....it'll keep me busy, which makes the days go by a LOT more quickly and smoothly.

Still stuck on my second Peace Corps essay. Argh!

I did actually write something else, though.

WARNING, SHOJO GEEKINESS AHEAD.

I've been behind, but today I picked up Fruits Basket 17 (actually, I still count as behind since volume 18 is out already). I was a little sad that I already knew the big revelation from this volume....but the moments of absolute adorableness between Kyo and Tohru kind of made up for it. The whapping with the scarf? And the paper flower? I squee-ed. Also, I still love Hanajima. She's probably my favorite character.

But anyway. The last chapter in volume 17 got me thinking again about Shigure's motivations. They are still sort of unclear, yes? And I realized I had a theory. And instead of simply blathering on about this theory, I decided to write a short fanfic explicating it. It was originally going to be a conversation between Shigure and Ayame, where Shigure basically came clean about what he's really after. But even if that was in-character for Shigure (doubtful), I realized about two sentences in that I wouldn't be able to write something like that with any kind of grace. So I went a little understated, while still being sort of painfully obvious.

It's rather terrible, but I am attached to my idea of Shigure's motivation, so I figured I would post it anyway. No actual spoilers, as such, but will make marginally more sense after reading volume 17. Critique is more than welcome, as always.

Plots

But to move the plot the way you wanted, sometimes you had to torture your characters a bit )
amatyultare: (devil has a smile)
Hey, all. It's been a while. Not a whole lot to report? Microdyne goes as it goes. There's a whole complicated thing which has resulted me in switching to customer service. Not because I was doing badly in tech support, but because...well, this customer service contract uses the same people as the tech support contract I am (was) on, but most of the people HATE this customer service contract. So the 'assistant manager' for it is leaving, and I've been tapped to replace her. It means a lot more work, but whatever....it'll keep me busy, which makes the days go by a LOT more quickly and smoothly.

Still stuck on my second Peace Corps essay. Argh!

I did actually write something else, though.

WARNING, SHOJO GEEKINESS AHEAD.

I've been behind, but today I picked up Fruits Basket 17 (actually, I still count as behind since volume 18 is out already). I was a little sad that I already knew the big revelation from this volume....but the moments of absolute adorableness between Kyo and Tohru kind of made up for it. The whapping with the scarf? And the paper flower? I squee-ed. Also, I still love Hanajima. She's probably my favorite character.

But anyway. The last chapter in volume 17 got me thinking again about Shigure's motivations. They are still sort of unclear, yes? And I realized I had a theory. And instead of simply blathering on about this theory, I decided to write a short fanfic explicating it. It was originally going to be a conversation between Shigure and Ayame, where Shigure basically came clean about what he's really after. But even if that was in-character for Shigure (doubtful), I realized about two sentences in that I wouldn't be able to write something like that with any kind of grace. So I went a little understated, while still being sort of painfully obvious.

It's rather terrible, but I am attached to my idea of Shigure's motivation, so I figured I would post it anyway. No actual spoilers, as such, but will make marginally more sense after reading volume 17. Critique is more than welcome, as always.

Plots

But to move the plot the way you wanted, sometimes you had to torture your characters a bit )
amatyultare: (Default)
I am so lazy. Since Kris and the Forry family left, I've...um...watched some anime (finally finished Full Moon o Sagashite, w00t!), did some laundry, worked a little on my current editing/MST3King project (once I have a finished first draft, Kris, I will post it so you can add or change things)...yep, that's about it. Now I'm inspired to make icons but I don't have any actual *ideas*. Sadness.

Speaking of icons, thought I'd share a recent one I made. I don't often do this, but I'm a little proud of this one *blushes* I found these amazing 'chinese flowers' textures/backgrounds somewhere, from SOMEONE in my resource credits, but I don't remember who it was. Anyway, I had wanted to make an icon with this text ever since I saw Furuba, and I finally felt confident in doing it....thoughts, please?




It's a surprisingly pink icon...hmm. Well, I still like it. (The text is from a Dispatch song, fyi)

Okay, I'm off to either watch more Samurai Champloo or make icons. Decisions, decision...

Later, all!

P.S. Yay to all my friends who graduated today!
amatyultare: (Default)
Borders is having a 4 for the price of 3 sale on manga....and I went a little crazy. *blushes* Well, it wasn't that bad, but my manga is now officially overflowing the space I have allotted it. Hmm. Anyway, when I finish 'em all, I'll post some kind of review thing, I guess.

I also made a wallpaper! Not that great....at all....although part of it is that I have a hard time finding pictures that are big enough. It's from 'Full Moon o Sagashite', and the text comes from a Hungry Lucy song (actually, I think it was the very first Hungry Lucy song?)

Anyway, here it is... )

It actually turned out more as a Windows wallpaper instead of Mac wallpaper (the orientation of the picture, etc). Well, it works on both, I guess....

Mom wants me offline. Later, all!

it's here!

Nov. 28th, 2005 09:21 pm
amatyultare: (Default)
For various reasons, I felt it was time and I could afford it...and it arrived today. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I have my very own copy of Photoshop Elements! Yay! Look for new icons soon (probably).

I also have been reading some new manga--for example, the first volume of 'Her Majesty's Dog'. Okay, the title sounds a little sketchy, but it's really pretty cute. How can I describe it; um, it's kind of like a cross between Tokyo Babylon (without the shonen-ai, unfortunately) and Inuyasha (although I've never seen Inuyasha so take that with a grain of salt). Also Kare Kano 6 and 7, which continue to be so cute! Although I discovered we can't blame Gainax for everything, as the infamous 'symbolic hat scene' does in fact originate in the manga.

Kris--I've *started* editing ch. 7, but Thanksgiving got in the way, lol. I'll finish it up this week

Work is getting insane as we hit the holiday rush. Joy. Ah, well....

I'm off to redownload brushes. Later, all!
amatyultare: (Default)
Regan's LJ looks awesome, but if you don't have the time or energy to fight with your LJ for hours, you could always join....



I have little to do with this community besides looking at the pretty pretty layouts, but I encourage people to join! Just read the rules before requesting a layout.

*pokes LJ layout* I kind of wanted to make some changes, but the changes I was thinking about requred actual CSS knowledge, which makes me curl up in a ball and whimper. Ah well...

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