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The end of my rough semester... three weeks late. [Jan. 1st, 2016|07:59 pm]
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Happy New Year!

Wrapping up the last loose ends for school and Christmas: last overdue presents wrapped (yes, yes, a week after Xmas, it's been that kind of year).

Just uploaded my final assignments for school.

They were handed in, but the upload required software ... oh, god, it's a long and complicated story--the software for accreditation cost $140:
a) I paid it last spring,
b) the school lost my cash payment,
c) they believed me but I no longer had the receipt, so
d) we split the difference on a new account.

This took over a week to work through.

At long last, I'll be able to get my grades.

Now have a new car, replacing the destroyed Honda Accord. Can get to point A to point B without difficulty.

I think ... I think this rough semester is finally over.
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SGA Santa fic: beta? [Dec. 16th, 2015|05:28 pm]
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I'm looking for a beta for a Secret Santa fic I wrote. My last beta fell off the face of the earth, and then I did, when I hit, well, another car.

What I'm looking for is first, I'll give you what my recipient asked for, and then the story. Then you can tell me if I pushed it too much and should write a different story.

If I did, then I'll ask for a beta for the new, hastily written story.
If I didn't, then I'll ask for help in fixing a story that's kind of ... not working for me.

How about it? Anyone?
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A cascading series of dominoes after the car accident. [Dec. 5th, 2015|07:26 pm]
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The car is totaled, of course, after the accident.

Double scary? I got a recall notice on the airbag two weeks after it deployed. Apparently I had one of those specially designed "shrapnel spewing" models, motto: "If the crash doesn't kill you, we can finish the job! (some restrictions apply, such as requiring the proper humidity, but we'll try)"

The car shopping has come to a screeching halt.

Yes, I have enough for a down payment.

Yes, I have good credit.

But it turns out that grad school (reduced work hours, increased debt) is a bad time to try to buy a car. My income-to-debt ratio is too high.

Of course, not being able to get to (thank god only some of) my grad school classes has had a bad impact. The worst was missing a project deadline on a syllabus ... just, fwip, it went right by me, busy as I was with doctor appointments, crutches, car insurance companies, health insurance companies, and the daily ordeal of organizing rides to try to keep up with my work-and-life responsibilities. Not to mention the total waste of time spent looking at cars that, I discovered Thursday, I can't buy.

Now the project is seriously overdue, the professor hasn't responded to my emails, and I'm ... overwhelmed. I'm picking a couple of small, easy assignments to try to rebuild my confidence as a student, get some momentum going.

Surprisingly hard to concentrate, given how worried I am at my professor's non-response.


ETA: Prof has responded! Now I just have a massive amount of work to do, in as little time as possible. Too bad I work tomorrow--but maybe I can get it done by Monday night.
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Got a recall notice last Monday: oh, goody, I had a Takata air bag. [Nov. 21st, 2015|12:26 am]
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Came home from staying with a friend (he lives near my work so I've been staying with him off and on while I'm car-less).

In the mail was recall notice for my airbag.

My recently deployed airbag.

It Looked Like a Stabbing, but Takata Airbag Was the Killer

It affects Hondas (and many other vehicles) from 2008 and earlier. Yipe.
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Great news on the car-injury! [Nov. 13th, 2015|04:08 pm]
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The car is still injured (okay, totaled), but I took my foot in to see the doctor. I would've loved to have removed it and left it overnight, but, I had to go in with it.

The doc told me that the numbness, cold, and tingling was due to inflammation pushing on the nerves and veins. "The hospital didn't give you any anti-inflammatories?"

"No."

They just told me to stay off of it.

"Okay...."

It seems I should've had anti-inflammatories all along. Then she gave her prescription:

"Don't baby it. Don't push it."

With a sprain, it's a balance. Keep it elevated when I can, but she says being too delicate with it could cause problems later down the line.

"Can I drive?" I asked her.

"Well, maybe not on 270. Try it in a parking lot first."

WHOOOOP! This is the opposite of what everyone's been telling me. Life just got so much simpler.

S. looked at my beaming face and said, "I have this image of having to tie you down."
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Anyone in Colorado? [Nov. 13th, 2015|03:55 pm]
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Anyone in Colorado, or know someone there?

Through a complicated series of events, my mother has two nights at the Breckenridge ski resort in Marriott's Mountain Valley Lodge for just $350 (yeepers)...

... check in Sunday night (late check-in okay).

Any interest?

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-photos/qkbvi-marriotts-mountain-valley-lodge-at-breckenridge/

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Pass the word. It's through a friend of hers.

Breckenridge... not far from Vail....
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Heigh ho, to the doctor's I go.... [Nov. 13th, 2015|09:13 am]
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Looks like I'm going to spend my birthday on crutches. Rested the sprained foot three days after the accident, then had to go back to work on Sunday. Walked ... well, limped ... on it, sat in my usual pretzel positions too much Monday, until I got this pinch-yeowch pain that told me to stop.

When I tried to drive a rental the Tuesday after the accident (about six days after), within about ten minutes, my ankle felt like an over-stretched rubber band about to snap. I could keep my foot down for about 10-15 minutes, then it was too much.

Not painful: numb, weak.

Okay, so driving was definitely out, and maybe this injury's worse than it seemed.

Taking the bus wasn't any better (seven days after). I had to do so much walking from one stop to another that my foot was swollen by the end of the day. I started icing it.

Finally, last Friday, (nine days after the accident), I gave in and got crutches. I needed help staying off of it, and a visual reminder to people that I'm hurt so they'd help me stay off it, too.

It got worse over the weekend. Frickin' block of ice. Numb, pins and needles the other night (two weeks after). Called a nurse. She had me check to make sure I have feeling in the foot, and I do, so that's good. She told me to see the doctor within 72 hours.

Couldn't go to an orthopedist, had to go to my GP first (hello, managed care hoops), and couldn't get in till today (16 days after).

One of my professors is being very kind and understanding. The other one has been hard-hearted and harsh, "Hope you're feeling better. If you miss too many class days, it'll hurt your grade," she says, after I tell her I can't drive, the buses don't go from here to there, and it'll take other students a five-hour round trip to give me a ride.

My whole schedule's screwed up as a result of this injury and I'm quite behind on school (16 days after)--though I've done everything for the teacher who's been kind to me.

When I asked her about taking an incomplete on this class, instead of saying no ... which I would've understood, incompletes mean work for the teacher long after the class is over ... she went straight to the Dean to block any chance that I might. You don't usually go right to do the Dean. Though maybe at this school you do.

They say my only option is take an F and withdraw, then retake the class next fall. Fuck that. Pay for the class twice? Even if I have to miss every session from here on out, it'll only cost 6% of my grade.

More than that, I'd never retake this class. It's a small school. I'd rather spend three more sessions with her, then look forward to ten classes with her in the future.

Four more sessions of this class, and then I never see her again. I'm looking forward to putting her in my rear view mirror. *flips the mirror up so I don't even have to see her then*
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Just back from the hospital. [Oct. 29th, 2015|03:40 am]
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Got in a car accident tonight. Just back from the hospital.

The x-rays show my foot's fine, just sprained. My car ... didn't look good.

I've resisted getting a cell phone. Really, you don't need one for emergencies because everyone has a cell phone.

But as I sat in that hospital bed, bored out of my scull, I thought of all the things I could be doing with one of those nifty smart phones. I could be checking my email. Looking at Yuletide prompts to start writing Treats. I could complaining to my friends about how bored I was, waking people in the middle of the night.

As it was, I contented myself with mantras and playing with the hand sanitizer.

I was reduced to playing with hand sanitizer.
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Waffling over signing up for Yuletide, I missed it. [Oct. 27th, 2015|11:48 pm]
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I signed up for Yuletide in 2012.

I defaulted.

I never default. Backed out of my first ever challenge (the Snape FQ Fest back in 2003) because I didn't know how to do them, and one year out of eight SGA Santas I had a personal situation.

But otherwise, in ten years of Ron challenges, Blame Somebody Else challenges, SG-1 challenges, SGA Gen Fic challenges, SGA Flashfic, Percy Ficathons ... I never missed.

The engine died on Yuletide. For no reason.

No, I didn't get the impossible fandom.

No, the prompt was fine.

I drifted, completely uninspired.

Hovering around Yuletide for years, it seems like everyone else has fun. I don't know why I didn't enjoy it. After my experience defaulting ... I haven't wanted to try again unless I was absolutely sure.

But this year there was a micro-fandom I wanted to try. It was possible. When I tried to sign up though, I couldn't offer more than three. Fandom number four, there just wasn't anything I'd be willing to write.

And I had defaulted before.

I debated back and forth. Was it worth a shot this year? No one had requested my micro-fandom, so it seemed unlikely I'd get matched on it.

Dithering too long, buried under schoolwork ... I missed the deadline.

Am so disappointed. I feel like this was the one year Yuletide might've worked for me.

Feeling really down in the dumps about this. Anyone out there?
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Building a canon: character arc of Gatchaman vs. Battle of the Planets [Oct. 24th, 2015|06:19 pm]
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I discovered my childhood favorite (and [personal profile] astolat's and [profile] tafkarfanfic's) Battle of the Planets is the American version of the 1972 Japanese anime classic, Gatchaman.

Now I'm marrying the two canons, or trying to.

Gatchaman
Gatchaman is so iconic in JapanCollapse )

Battle of the Planets
In 1978, the Americans created Battle of the Planets. But they decided to not try to translate it. They just hired writers to watch the shows and make up their own scripts.

Not all of their decisions are bad.Collapse )

However, making up the scripts from watching the series ... Battle of the Planets lost the backstory. As a result we lose the narrative arc, especially in the character growth of Mark/Ken.

So I'm working on marrying Gatchaman's backstory to Battle of the Planets.

What's missing from Battle of the Planet's character arc
In the original series, in the first thirty episodes or so, Mark's learning how to be a leader.

1) First he tries to go it alone like he doesn"t have a teamCollapse )

Very different shows. Can the characterizations of BotP be grafted onto the character development and story arc of Gatchaman? With Jason, I think so. At about 60 episodes (of 108) in, I think that it's possible, if we consider Gatchaman to be the story of Mark's early days, and the Battle of the Planet's Mark the more adult version of him, after he's gone through a lot of maturing.

The big character change in Mark comes at around 40 episodes in. More in the next Gatchaman/Battle of the Planets post.
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