勤労感謝の日 (kinroukansha no hi) sounds kind of silly when you translate it into English. But the important thing is that I have the day off. Since I don't plan on leaving the house today (lack of monies), I will appreciate my civil servants by doing some minor labour in the comfort of my apartment.

The living room and kitchen are still looking good, but the bedroom (which was never fully finished on the weekend) has had some slippage. So, I bring you Cleanstravaganza Lite! )

After that, I need to get some writing done. My john_teyla_fic piece is pushing at my skull, trying to get written, but won't cooperate when I sit down at the computer. And the deadlines for my rarepairings and sga_santa fics approach rapidly...like two gigantic boulders of creativity that I can't outrun.

But yay! Day off!
Title: Places of Childhood
Author: [livejournal.com profile] skandrae
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Character: Miko Kusanagi
Spoilers: None that I can think of
Rating: PG
Synopsis: She wonders, as she drifts into sleep, if there will ever be a day when returning to the places of her childhood won't make her feel like a child.
Assigned Cliche: Going to Earth (Character(s) go to Earth, either to visit family, to report, on vacation or for any other reason.)
Author's Notes: Written for the [livejournal.com profile] fish_like_bikes challenge. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] spusan for the rapid beta. Any remaining mistakes are mine.


Places of Childhood )
skandrae: ('nuff said)
The world won't fall apart if I don't get this story written, right?

But I feel like it will. Like maybe I will. And I still can't get anything done.

I just have to make it through tomorrow, and then I have two whole days where I don't have to think about work, or heat, or stupid people. Two whole days where I can curl up underneath my air conditioner and just get the damned thing out of my head.

But getting through tomorrow means going to bed now, because 5AM is getting nearer and nearer...
Okay. I've had my pizza, I'm halfway through a can of Chu-Hi (with several more in the fridge), and the story is due on Monday. Why, then, am I getting ideas for a totally different story that in no way relates to the one I'm supposed to be writing? Why?

I guess that is my mutant power - the ability to only create things when I'm supposed to be creating other things.

I'm pretty sure I'm not signing up for the next (last?) challenge at [livejournal.com profile] stagesoflove. It was fun and all, but I've got a fair chunk on my plate at present and...to be honest, I'd like to start writing things for me... It seems like there are so many prolific writers out there, whereas I can't seem to get going without a deadline and the constant fear of expulsion from fandom.

It's a lot like my last year of university. Except, you know, with less student loan money floating around and no roommates (by the way, good luck at the you-know-what on Monday, [livejournal.com profile] doktor_m) and way too many grey hairs arriving every minute.
So, carrying on the tradition of 'just under the wire' that seems to be my lot in writing, I have finished stage 4 of both my [livejournal.com profile] stagesoflove pieces. In a turnaround from last week, this week it's the Radek/Miko stuff I was tempted to drop. Hopefully, I can pull everything together for satisfying conclusions by next Tuesday.

Need (Weir/Dex) was where I done wrote smut. Please don't laugh at me.

A Slow Kind of Crazy (Zelenka/Kusanagi) was harder to write than it looks. Really.

And now I need to take myself off to work.
Title: A Spot of Warmth
Author: skandrae
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Rating: G (for "I'm so generic it's scary")
Rareathon Assignment: [livejournal.com profile] rosewildeirish who requested Zelenka (or Lorne), no sad endings, with exploration/discover as a theme
Spoilers: Through season 2, specifically Grace Under Pressure.
A/N: In addition to being late, this story was kind of like a car parked on a hill with no emergency brake - difficult to navigate. I'm not sure how it ended up where it did, but hope it fits the bill at least a little.

A Spot of Warmth )
Thanks to the magic of jet-lag and the accidental five-hour nap I had after my bath this afternoon, I am now totally awake and raring to go. This would be fine, except it's 11:00pm and I have to go back to work tomorrow. Those of you who have lived with me know that I am not a morning person. I have made strides toward improvement in that area, but adding jet-lag to the mix means peeling my carcass out of bed is an odious, near-impossible task.

So, do I lie in my bed for hours, trying to force myself to sleep, or do I stay up and work on stuff until I feel sleepy, at which point I attempt a cat-nap like the one I had from 2-6 this morning? Because I am totally late with stuff, since I got no work done during my flight, nor during any of the stuff that happened after (misplaced luggage, missed connections, huuuuge lineup for taxis in Tach), and I don't want to garner a fandom-reputation as unreliable.

[EDIT - 11:12] Given the way the puds have sprawled themselves over my lap, I think I am A) forgiven for leaving them all alone with only MrsO as company, and B) probably going to stay up, since I don't want to move them.
Title: Let Me Hear Your Balalaikas Ringing Out
Author: [livejournal.com profile] skandrae
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Pairing: I guess, if it's anyone, it's Miko Kusanagi (the Japanese scientist from "Letters from Pegasus")/Radek Zelenka. But I feel it's more of a gen piece.
Spoilers: None that I can think of, unless you mean that Rodney McKay is oblivious to the emotions of those around him...Set during Season One.

A/N:Written for [livejournal.com profile] control_freak80's Gilmore Girls title challenge. I originally picked two other titles (which will eventually get written, if Frank Zappa is willing), but got the idea for this during a shamisen exhibition one of the teachers from school took me to in January. This hasn't been betaed, so any mistakes are mine and mine alone.


Let Me Hear Your Balalaikas Ringing Out )
Woke this morning to discover a prompt in my mailbox for a challenge I forgot I had even signed up for. Whoops!

Anyway, it's SGA, natch, for [livejournal.com profile] xanphibian's B-Movie Ficathon. It's due at the same time as my [livejournal.com profile] sgarareathon piece, and I'm still dealing with the next 4 installments of my [livejournal.com profile] stagesoflove piece, due on the 14th, 21st, 28th, and 7th, respectively, and I have those three Gilmore Girls title prompts due by the 28th of this month. The last ones aren't as demanding, but I actually have put some thought into them (well, one of them, anyway).

Well, I guess I signed up for these things for a kick-start of creativity...and that's what had better start happening.
Brunch with the boss = much too much booze, much too early in the day.

Wakako told me that I was looking "really nice today", in a kind of voice that seemed to imply I am normally just north of ugly. I know what she was trying to say, though, which is that today I put on some makeup and wore nice clothes, which I don't bother doing for work. What's the point of wearing nice clothes to play in the dirt and change diapers?

Anywhoo, she wants to set me up with a 23 year old Navy guy she knows. I didn't bother trying to point out that foreign guys in Japan want to date Japanese girls, since the last time I pointed it out, she insisted that they only want to fuck Japanese girls, not date. At this point, the difference is so small that it doesn't count. We'll see if anything ever happens with that.

Got my [livejournal.com profile] sgarareathon assignment. Incredibly intimidated by my recipient, but will do my bestest.

Now, I'm going to write my first piece for [livejournal.com profile] stagesoflove today, even if it kills me.

PS - thanks for the iconage, [livejournal.com profile] darth_hedgehog

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