WoW Update

Aug. 20th, 2017 06:28 pm
maplepine: (dwarf)
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My dwarf shaman has made it past the level 30 milestone.

I rolled a new blood elf paladin as well.

Not so certain about the aspect of role playing. I sorta lost journaling about my character last week; however, what I can say about my dwarf is that he has become much more militant... which is sorta the genre that WoW goes under. The game has been fun so far. I did do some world PvP. I lost horribly to a character with equipment that levels as you play. It's a new feature in the game that sorta bugs me. How can world PvP be balanced when players have unequal equipment? It's sorta forced on WoW players to purchase the scaling equipment, so they can play competitively.

I'm not entirely competitive. The idea of world PvP is more fun than actual battles. I enjoy the thrill of being in contested lands and sneaking about with quests that force me to enter into camps and do different sorts of things. WoW has good quest writers and game design.

How did your weekend go?

A handful of Switzerland pictures

Aug. 19th, 2017 11:32 pm
naye: the sky and mountains above lake geneva (mountain dawn)
[personal profile] naye
Sharing a couple of pictures from our trip before bedtime. ♥

Just one to start with over the cut - lots more below!


Lake Geneva Panorama View

Lake, castle & mountains here )
naye: view from an airplane window with the text "new horizon" superimposed (new horizons)
[personal profile] naye
I'm back! And just in time for the sweet Bannishment schadenfreude following another harrowing week (we watched Last Week Tonight from two weeks and it felt like everything John Oliver joked about happened months and months ago because this is apparently the curse of 2017).

Here's a super brief itinerary:

Aug 9th: To in-law's home in Switzerland
Aug 10th: More in-law's place
Aug 11th: Random hotel in Montreux
Aug 12th: In-law's mountain village chalet
Aug 13th: Back at in-law's place
Aug 14th: Flight home
Aug 15th: Home
Aug 16th: Flight to Sweden + apartment hunting in new town
Aug 17th: Meet ALL the new colleagues + fly back home
Aug 18th: Back at work

Or for anyone wanting to catch up on what I've been up to  in slightly more (but still brief) detail:

Aug 9th: Woke to new plans announced by Family causing me to stress out and then calm down. Flight to Switzerland (resigned to Heathrow's awful Surprise Gate system); family dinner 
Aug 10th: Lovely steam boat trip on Lake Geneva, the mountains still shrouded in clouds
Aug 11th: Original New Plan suddenly replaced by on the spot plan conveyed by phone after fun castle outing; causing me to... just kind of deal because this is what the in-laws are like and stressing out won't change anything. Night unexpectedly spent in random hotel!
Aug 12th: Family thermal pool trip; night spent in mountain chalet... really can't complain.
Aug 13th: Broke away from family to visit my home village & good friends there. Lots of time on trains. Also news from cat sitters that Meenie had escaped and been recaptured!
Aug 14th: Trip home; dealing with crappy Geneva airport (it really is the opposite of what you imagine when you hear the words "Swiss airport"), delayed flight, and general exhaustion from family + too little sleep.
Aug 15th: Errands including dentist (extra fun: discover at 2pm out on run that the 3pm appointment in calendar was 3pm SWISS TIME because Google was being "helpful" and appointment is actually due right now across town from where you're on a run...), unpacking Swiss bags to pack bag for Sweden trip.
Aug 16th: Up at 5am to catch flight out of Gatwick, then tight connection to arrive in New Town for the first time and scout it out before heading to apartment showing.
Aug 17th: Spend all day meeting new people, being introduced to new workplace and new town and doing a ridiculous amount of walking in nice (i.e. not my most comfy) shoes before catching a flight back and arriving home after 10pm.
Aug 18th: Back at work

I am deeply grateful for the Compeed band-aid/plasters that kept my heels from fraying completely, have broken all my steps per week records, and my legs are giving me a preview of what they will feel like in another thirty years.

That said... 

More details about the whole New Job New Town situation )

Home and home and home

Aug. 15th, 2017 09:46 pm
naye: the sky and mountains above lake geneva (mountain dawn)
[personal profile] naye
Just a glimpse. More to come. This is Lake Geneva from a window in the Chateau de Chillion.

The week in Switzerland was, despite the in-law stressors, an amazing experience. Being near the mountains of my birth always recharges my soul in a way I can't put into words (but I have some pictures for later that might help). Seeing stars wheel over the jagged black alpine silhouettes against the soft summer sky and then waking to slanting light cut by mountains as it streams into a valley is home. Walking along the lake so wide it sometimes seems like a calm green sea as seagulls whirl overhead is home... and of course restful hours spent gazing out the window of clean and spacious trains that (mostly) run on time is also home (though not as home as the backseat of an old SAAB struggling up the hairpin curves with the smell of hot asphalt and fresh hay wafting through the cranked-down window).

And I got to visit the home of my heart; my mountain home. I was in my grandparents house (if not their exact flat) again, where they lived from the early fifties and until the end of their lives. I walked the corridors and lawns where I roamed as a child, and I saw lizards and friendly cats and swifts and sparrows and clouds coming to sweep the mountains in their soft embrace.

Plus I got to spend time with people I love and kids I adore and family whose lives I want to be a part of.

Leaving was hard (leaving home is hard and I missed my grandparents even though I've had years - years and years and years for some - to get used to them not being around and I missed childhood) and our flight was late and today was full of errands and dentists and an embarrassingly slow & halting 6k. There was Twin Peaks to make up for it - we rewatched last week's ep and new-watched Sunday's ep back to back with cherry pie - and that was pretty awesome.

And then tomorrow - 5am start ugh - I'm going to Sweden by myself to look at (and hopefully secure!) an apartment where we can make our next home. In our new home town. Where neither one of us has ever been. And if that flight is late... Well that's a disaster to deal with then. (I'm nervous. Of course.) Then Thursday I meet my new library and my new colleagues (gulp) and then I fly back in time to sleep and go to work on Friday in our current home.

It's... it's A Week, that's for sure. (And that's not even going into any of what's happened in the rest of the world this week!)

But when I'm back - really back, properly rested and recharged back - I have pictures that I want to share. Of my home. The mountainous one. ♥
kjata: homestuck (we are the goon squad)
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14/8/2017 wordcount: 1,574

1.3k was on Kylux RBB and 224 put on a Stony Trumps Hate fill. Would've pressed to force work on my fandom5k continuation, but had to take benadryl to keep my eyeballs in their sockets and that basically killed me for the day. Still managed to get the work done before it knocked me on my ass, though, so hurrah for being up really fucking early because of drama going on outside, I guess?

The fandom5k words is supposed to be my carrot-and-stick. If I get at least a small chunk done on each of my commitment areas-- which right now is the Kylux RBB and the first of my STH fills-- then I will allow myself to put as much work as I can on a project that has no expectations or anxiety attached to it. *pets that story* Yes, yessssss. So good to me, yesss.

From a narrative standpoint, Telltale's The Walking Dead is a lazyass story full of contrived devices that entirely rely on ~~zombies to bring on the drama. I'm not going to give a shit about your characters if the only personal point you give before they die is that they're scared, and then after they're gone you reveal that oh, one of the survivors ~liked~ them. Big whoop, that's been done to death before in everything from soap operas to war dramas you fuckheads.

I'll finish the game because I give a shit about my perfect game score on Steam, but that's the only reason. It's gonna be like pulling teeth, and though my hatred of the comic has died down over the years, it's certainly being rekindled now.

Zuul was making noises last night that he needed to go to the bathroom, so I walked him on a leash out into the pitch so he'd have a chance to not fuck up my kitchen floor. Of course what he really wanted to do was chase desert frogs that are popping up due to all the rain.

Took him back inside after twenty minutes of dicking around, and Tidbit lost her shit. I think she thought I'd taken him away forever or something, because for the rest of the night she placed herself bodily between myself and him at all angles, and if I tried to touch him she'd get up and knock my hand away. HE'S HER DOGGO, NO TOUCHY.

This shit isn't funny, except how it totally is :3

the strange things that effect you

Aug. 12th, 2017 11:59 pm
serpentine: Juri in the rain looking up (SKU - Juri in the Rain)
[personal profile] serpentine
Cross posted from tumblr because I felt like I needed this in a more reliable place

Charlottesville and University of Virginia has a place in my personal mythology )


Aug. 12th, 2017 12:13 pm
maplepine: (Default)
[personal profile] maplepine
Sorry. I've been busy for the past few days.

Concerning games, I've played quite a bit of WoW.

My Shaman is now at level 20, and this is part of the game where I'm not actually sure what to do. A guild added me, and I joined just to see what the guild interface looked like. Lost interest in the guild and tried to look for an exit. No "leave guild" option button seemed available. So I logged off for the day.

Anyone else been playing games lately?

HELLO *coffee-powered cheery wave*

Aug. 12th, 2017 07:29 pm
olivia_beige: (reading)
[personal profile] olivia_beige
UNI TERM AGAIN, and I am back on the bullet journal.

For years I've tried to keep a diary, you know, for some interested archaeologist in the distant future, but I've never actually had one which lasted beyond a month. Surprisingly, it's easier to keep one if it's all about to-do lists and random comments about the day, said comments sometimes in the form of a very private twitter feed.

This term promises to be a very busy one. It's only the first week, but my readings are already STACKED, GOD, HOW DID THAT HAPPEN. Fic writing must be put on hold. I'm rather excited about the wips on top of my list, too: there's one about TV verse Dany/Sansa where Sansa was the one sent south to treat with Dany (listen service top!Dany and power bottom!Sansa, together, is all I want); then a book verse Tommen/Margaery after the War for the Dawn; and another on Barba Bracken, lmaoo.

Sometimes I'm struck with the thought that hmmmm, maybe I should try to write for more popular pairings, that way I can reach more people, get to know and talk with and be excited with stuff with more like-minded people, maybe strike more friendships but *cheerful shrug* I write what I like hahaha (and have no idea on how to plot, lbh). Which means femslash and rarepairs (and rarepair femslash) and, like, sidelined canon ladies. I LOVE ROLLING AROUND THESE TOPICS. *vomits hearts*

So. HOW ARE YOU? Do you use bullet journal, or something else similar?

FIC: The Princess of Dorne

Aug. 12th, 2017 07:22 pm
olivia_beige: (Default)
[personal profile] olivia_beige
Title: The Princess of Dorne

Fandom: A Song of Ice and Fire

Relationship: Doran Martell & The Unnamed Princess of Dorne

Summary: Doran thought of Mother. He could already hear her laugh and feel her firm hand on his shoulder, but the memory was never enough when it came to the vibrancy, the sheer volume, of Mother’s presence.

Wordcount: 1,750

Note: In this house we name our ladies.


FIC: To Pineapple or Not To Pineapple

Aug. 12th, 2017 07:15 pm
olivia_beige: (Default)
[personal profile] olivia_beige
Title: To Pineapple or Not To Pineapple

Fandom: Game of Thrones

Relationship: Sansa Stark/Jon Snow

Summary: It's all going well in the Northern Neighbourhood Association meeting, when Sansa Stark and Jon Snow started arguing about pineapple on pizza.

Wordcount: 1,849


(no subject)

Aug. 10th, 2017 06:13 am
naye: ruby and sapphire from steven universe hugging (hug - su r&s)
[personal profile] naye
At in-laws. Kids are delightful. Adults are being very nice to us but the fact that my wife's brother-in-law got annoyed at Steven Universe while drinking beer elsewhere in the flat and now tells his kids (8 & 10) that it's stupid (!) and they're not allowed to watch it (!!) is upsetting. The kids even told us he thinks we've been a bad influence because we introduced them to the show when they were younger and now when they try to watch it he gets mad and turns it off.

I know I shouldn't be judging people on what TV they let their kids engage with but... seriously who bans Steven Universe of all shows?! (It's not cartoons in general or anything like that either. It's specifically this cartoon being "stupid".)

Off to the in-laws

Aug. 8th, 2017 10:07 pm
naye: zoro cradling his sword with a smile, with the word "breathe" (one piece - breathe)
[personal profile] naye
Ways of staying sane: occasionally allow self to forget all about #45, including the really terrifying newsflashes.

In other news... Tomorrow we're off to what was originally planned to be a visit to my wife's niece and nephew, where we'd hoped for maximum kid time and minimum in-law interaction. However, a little while ago my parents in law decided to invite themselves to come at the same time. And I can't fault them (or, well - we keep inviting them to visit us here and in five years they've just... not), because it's rare to get their two kids and grandkids at once but. Well. It'll be different than originally planned.

But it's just for the week. It'll be fun seeing the kids and good - if not entirely thrilling - to fulfil family obligations. I will give my in-laws credit for being very sweet and completely accepting (to me - my wife gets low-key hassled by her mom) of our very gay relationship. Considering they grew up during the Cultural Revolution, this is probably not something they ever imagined dealing with, and they're showing admirable grace with the whole queer thing.

Laurent and the Beast

Aug. 7th, 2017 07:53 pm
ikneko: (Rize)
[personal profile] ikneko
I made a post on Laurent and the Beast on [community profile] mm_library


Writing that made me want to read it again. <3

Just finished another book now and I wrote a short review on Goodreads for that one since I felt the reviews it was given were really biased and douchey.

Anime and Books

Aug. 7th, 2017 09:25 am
ikneko: (Eto)
[personal profile] ikneko
I'm rewatching Katekyou Hitman Reborn, since I finished the manga years ago and never realized that the anime caught up! I've been out of the anime loop for the last few years with the exceptions of One Punch Man and Bob Psycho 100.

I'm noticing all the small Yamamato/Gokudera moments. <3 I REALLLY loved that pairing when I was younger but I couldn't find a good clique for that fandom and obsessed over SasuNaru & ItaNaru instead.

KHR is so cute and funny! Funnier than Beezlebub, which I'm annoyed about. Beezlebub should have been great but I was becoming annoyed with the bad animation and how unfunny the plot became. The manga was hilarious, but i guess that didn't transfer well into animation. That makes me sad.

Currently in between many books, like:

Chasing Destiny (Silver Tip Pack, #2
by Megan Erickson

Forbidden Love (Whatever it Takes, #2)
by D.J. Heart

Guns n' Boys: Book 1, Part 1 (Guns n' Boys, #1.1)
by K.A. Merikan

I stopped in the middle of each book, or just around the end. I need to be able to work through them since they each have little point of disinterest or dislike for me. Each of them is very emotional and I think shocking myself with so much emotion is bad at this time. I just need to take it slow and not ride those rollercoasters yet. I need to be on the baby rides for now.
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