Hope to hear back from my editor on the short story soon. Kinda bummed she hasn't bothered to look at it even though I was ahead of deadline. Now I'm going to be working edits right when I have the least time to do so. Grrr.
Hey, tay_21 welcome back. Hope you aren't driven insane by the new school year! Breathe deep. You've missed a lot of lovely birthday fics we wrote for prehistoriccat (to include mine, lol.) I think you'll like it whenever you get a chance to read.
My dad is coming into town tomorrow and he'll stay til Wednesday. I think it will be a big help with Spawn considering the movers are coming next week. Not fun with a two yr old. Still haven't sold the house. *cries quietly in the corner*
OK... back to work. Hatter is dangling by his fingertips, here. He needs me to write him out of this.
Hi! Excellent birthday today. I was so thrilled to get my birthday fics. :) I got a little bit of everything, and all of them awesome. Yay! Thanks sooooo much. *hugs*
And we finally got some rain, and my son slept til 9 this morning. Yay!
Also finished my tattoo today, and guess what... he gave me this session for FREE! He said Happy Birthday. :) Clicky the images to see them bigger. The detail is incredible. I can't wait to see it all healed up. This was about 3 hours of sitting, that was one hell of a birthday gift.
Anyways, back to work on birthday fic for Cat. :) I've got about 1.5K into it, and I'm thinking I'll be done by tomorrow night. Woohoo, for ahead of schedule.
I'm seriously giggling on the reviews for "The Hatters" because they keep talking about how Alice is fully capable of taking care of herself, and I'm remembering how little they developed our Alice in "Alice." I guess it says good things that people like her enough to berate me in my version, eh? Ah, they'll see next chapter. I'd never allow her to be a fainting damsel in distress.
LOVE these shoes. love. Shoe-gasm type love.
Ok, anyway... Posted a new chapter of "The Hatter's Take Las Vegas" finally. Yay! Now I just have to write prehistoriccat 's birthday fic, and get back to cracking on AoD novel, and then go back to finish up the last chapter(s) of "Hatters."
Had an open house today, and I think it went well. Realtor was talking about staging the house if it didn't sell soon, and I had to remind her that the movers are picking my things up on Aug 29-Sep 1st. Staging is not happening. Damn house needs to sell. I don't think she quite gets it. I HAVE to move, and if I don't sell, I just have to pay for two residences somehow. Likely result? I can afford it for more than one month, at which point I would have to give it back to the bank and just cry. If it doesn't sell by Sep 1st, the price is going down to the point where it just covers costs. SELL, LADY, SELL!
Ah. Anyway. New chapter is done. And I have pretty shoes.
Finishing up my current chapter on Novel (codename:AoD) and then I'll be back on "The Hatters Take Las Vegas." I'm thrilled with the response on chapter one! Squeee! I guess everyone missed reading them as much as I missed writing them. :)
Now if I can just sell my house.
Oh, And Clicky for a funny (Beware of Writer)
Next up is "Christening the Flat" -- Living room edition.
After that is Hatter Honeymoon fic... in between working on the Psychopomp novel. I actually have a metric shit-ton of research into that, plus about a 1.2K words into the first chapter. I even have a rough outline, lol.
Got a really sweet review on ff.net for "Beautiful" today... it re-energized my Hatter/Alice muse.
Still waiting to hear back from my editor on "The Turning Away." *bites nails*
Speaking of research... Anyone have more intel on Hindu demon-worship? No? Ok, then.
Rant part 2: One of the guys asks me if I was upset about our last "peer assessment." Peer assessment. Ridiculous. Call it a popularity contest. I answer that yes, I was. I felt like I did a lot of things for the class and I wasn't rated very high. He proceeded to tell me that he admired a lot of things about me, but that I come across as acting like I was better than everyone else. He also said that I was a bit less tactful than I should be.
Am pretty upset. I don't think I'm better than anyone. As a matter of fact, I have been feeling quite the opposite since I've been here. I don't measure myself against them, I measure myself against my own standards, and no... mediocre is not good enough. *sigh* I think I'm a freak. I don't understand the way people think sometimes. I don't understand jealousy and I don't understand this either. Gah. This is why I don't usually even try to socialize. I fucking hate people. (not individual persons, but just in general)
Okay so lots of stuff. "Forever" is finished, finally... all 171,369 words of it (plus the smutty Missing Reels.) Not so many reviews for the final chapter. Kinda bummed about that, especially considering that it was 6.3K words and I put loads of work into it. *sad*
I have one chapter left on my original fic, and it is in progress. I'm going to be fluttering my eyelashes for a few friendly betas once it's done before I get brave and send it forth to the publisher.
After that, I'm starting in on evenstar_estel'sConby birthday fic. :)
Ok, so the real life part. I got picked up to go to Senior Non-Commisioned Officer Academy. For ya'll civilian types, it a 6 1/2 week long school that is focused on upper level leadership. I'm supposed to be learning leadership from a strategic level and all that fun stuff. It is pretty unusual for someone like me to get to go; usually class space is reserved for those that are a rank higher than mine or are waiting to sew on the stripe for the rank higher than mine, or people that have been Master Sergeants (MSgt) for a very long time. A portion of class space is reserved for the occasional very sharp MSgt that scored in the top 10% on the promotion test, but did not have a high enough promotion board score to actually get promoted. That's me. I scored higher than 95% of the people that tested, but I didn't have enough points from my records review to get me promoted. (Mostly because I have only been in 16 years and the average for the next rank is like 22 years.)
Sooo, I get a call last night. The highest ranking enlisted guy on base (works with the base commander) had to fill a spot in this class on short notice. He saw my name on the list of the top 10% in my career field and he knows me (because I had to interview with him for my new job and through some other work stuff) he asked if I could fill it. Tada! I'm in. Class starts on Tuesday. Yes, THIS Tuesday, and it's in Montgomery, Alabama. Luckily, I'll have internet in my room. :) Bummer to be away from the spawn and spouse for 6 1/2 weeks though.
This is actually a very good thing for my career, and being selected means my leadership thinks I deserve promotion. It will help me to get promoted next year, that's for sure. Bummer about being away though. I'm driving out on Monday... 12 hour car trip, weeeeee. So much to do! Gah!!
Sooo... final chapter of "Forever" is posted. I still have to write the epilogue to wrap things up, but it is done. Whew. What a ride. 165K words on this one. I'm guessing the epilogue will be another 3K or so. I'm hopeing I've managed in the last couple of chapters to wrap up my loose ends appropriately. I'm very proud of both "Always" and "Forever," and I think I have done well by it. Nothing like creating your own cannon, eh? I'm going to miss my Hatter. *sniffle* I may have to do a honeymoon fic.
I couldn't wait to get started on my original fic. I hated to wait as long to start as I did. Strike when the iron is hot, and all that. Tonight I've written 565 words, and I think it is off to a good start. Aim is for betweem 8-10K. Wooo! Am excited. Gah, and scared!
Ok, so something wierd happened. Wierd. I got um... scouted? I got an e-mail from the v.p. and co-founder of a publishing company. She explained that one of her jobs is looking for 'talent'... She read my fics, and she said they were good. Her company is launching a literary magazine in 2012, and she wanted me to submit some of my original stuff. So at first, I was thinking I was getting punked. Nope. She's legit, the company is legit, and the magazine is legit. So, wow, right?
Anywho, I'm going to be doing some 8-10K word fics and I just mght be batting my eyelashes for a few betas before I send them in. I so completely understand if you tell me no when I ask, and it's cool. Honest. So... wierd. I'm starting my novel after I work on the shorts. They're from the backstory in my novel, so this should work well. So.... wierd. And exciting. Course, I still have to sell my story, but exciting.
Well I've been strangely quiet so I figured I'd post and ramble and whatnot. I've been positively buried in fic, but I've written nothing the past two days. A bit of overload, I think. I have started my Valentine's Day fic, and I've got a good idea of the whole thing. I'm fairly certain I can get it written today. Hubby is getting tattooed today, so he'll be out of the house for about five hours or so. I plan to spend lots of that time ficcing. Ideally, I can get it written tonight, edit again tomorrow, and start on the next "Forever" chapter. I feel terrible about going so long in between chapters for that one. Usually one week in the absolute maximum amount of time I wait. After that, I need to finish the last chapter of "Whiteout." After THAT I really need to finish my smutty "Christening the Flat" fic... then back to "Forever," and then perhaps I can have a go at finishing PrehistoricCat's body swapping fic (although I wish SHE'd finish it.) I still have a few other things I'd like to write... I had planned a fic based on the "Persistence" drabbles, one more fic where I killed Jack off horribly, and a 'Honeymoon in Vegas' fic for Alice-land after I finish "Forever." I had a dirty little bunny about a trip to England for Alice and Hatter where they encountered a certain couple... but I am having trouble with my Hatter sharing. His psyche simply wouldn't allow that. However... I could imagine all four of them getting it on in the same room, and enjoying a live action porn. I don't know how that would play out, but I think it could still be hot. Thoughts?
Life is life,at the moment. My old section got me an incredible going away gift, and I'm touched beyond belief. It wouldn't do to let them see it though. They got me a bullwhip and mounted it in a shadowbox with a plaque. Cool, eh? It'll look suitably intimidating hanging over my hatbox in my new office (once I get it.) My hatbox is a glass case with my Smokey hat in it from when I was a MTI (drill sergeant to the layman- I taught basic training.) So far, my shadowing has consisted of me actually filling in. Our 1st Sgt. has been out all week... Ive learned a lot, but I'm going to go nuts simply folloing someone around until I go to 1st Sgt. school in September. Promotion results will be out March 10th, so we'll see if I get another stripe. I'm doubtful. Our secretary screwed up and a medal I was supposed to get didn't happen in time to be included for my promotion consideration so I'm missing out on points I desperately needed. It's SUPER unusual to make this particular promotion the first time. It's only 2% of the Air Force to begin with, and out of the people that do make it, average is on the 4th or 5th try. Furious that someone's incompetence is fucking me over. I can apply for supplemental consideration (once my medal has been awarded,) so hopefully I can make it that go around, but it's a lot of work to apply, and a longer wait to find out. *sigh*
Wow. I guess I had some things to say. OK, back to ficcing.
New chapter of 'Forever' is up. A few less reviews than usual, but I think the author alert is getting wiggy on ff.net. I will be wrapping this up fairly soon (provided my long-winded muse allows) and then I'm starting back on an original piece.
I got bitten by a smut bunny, and it is a strange and darkish little Conby fic. I'm about 800 words in, and it was inspired by Wilemina's 'Scratch.' *giggles* My working title is 'Sore Willy.' It's a very different take on Connor crotch fic. Poor man. Definately suited for conbykink .
I'm also 800 words into my "christening the flat" fic, but I have to finish "Sore Willy" first because it simply won't let go.
On a personal note, I'm going to 1st Sgt. school in September, and I'll likely move after. Where to? Who knows. Life of the military. I should have some idea by April/May. I'll have to sell my house which scares the crap out of me. I cannot afford to pay for two households at once. I may not buy again until after I retire and settle for good. Too much stress! Tomorrow is my last day at my shop, and next week I start following around our 1st Sgt. The plan is for me to follow around ours plus three more for a two week period each, and then back to my own squadron to work with our 1st Sgt. until I go to school. *sigh*
I hate not having a 'job.' Also, won't have regular access to a computer during the work day because I won't have my own office or desk until I do my little rotation. So, expect a more quiet me throughout the day. I am excited to learn my new job though. I think. Maybe.
Finally actually wanted to eat something today. Good sign?
Ficcing has been about non-existant because I simply can't think. Here I'm getting caught up, then I hit a concrete wall on my Alice fic. I think it may have something to do with the whole 'attention span of an ameoba because I'm sick' thing, but it's frustrating nonetheless. I managed to work out some backstory, but that's not helping overmuch. *sigh*
Here's to hoping my muse wakes up tomorrow, because she's obviously sick, too. Gah! I HATE not being able to write when I have time to write. I think I'm going to go have more ice cream. *pouts*
Promotion test is DONE! I spent the evening scrubbing my book looking for questions, and came up with 81 of the 100. I think I did pretty good, but that is relative with promotion tests at my level. There's a number of factors that contribute. If you are legetimately interested this this is a pretty good explination. Suffice to say if my records aren't scored high enough, it may be mathmatically impossible for me to get promoted. (for example, I guy I tested with today had to score a 142% on his test last year. Bummer.)
Okay evenstar_estel! I'll get to working on your smuttage :) Hey, I'm super proud I managed to get a new 'Forever' chapter up with all this going on.
OK... to catch up on fics and drabble trees I go!!!! :)
'We Need a Holiday' is next (sorry evenstar_estel!) after I test. I'm on a strict no ficcage diet until then.
Soooo.... my test got moved a day. I now test on Thursday at 1 pm. I got my wish for more study time (I SO needed it), but another day of stressing about it. AND to top it off, all these damn spoilers! ARGGG!
OK. Back to it. Like my shiny new icon? That's evenstar_estel also. :)