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Monday, 20 February 2012 16:19
melayneseahawk: (double)
Have a job interview tomorrow for the crepe place down the street. Also stopped by Panera and, while I didn't get a flat-out no, the manager said she had to talk to her district manager about bringing me back in. So, work options maybe, which is better than I had yesterday.

Managed to write through the scene that caused my [livejournal.com profile] stargate_summer to stall out last year, and did some basic outlining of the gaps I need to fill in what's already written and what needs to happen after that. Now I just need to write, a lot. Haven't felt motivated the last few days, but I'm hoping I can break that today. Or maybe I'll work on something else. I just really need to write today.
melayneseahawk: (explode)
Not-quite-a-week with the parents turned into week-and-a-half with the parents, but that's not the end of the world. I got to see all my DC friends (including one who is moving to Seattle this month! what is it with me and losing people to Seattle?), and am going to be able to go Israeli dancing twice, so that's pretty neat. Also, Mom and I went to see the Anglo-Saxon Hoard exhibit at the National Geographic Museum, which was amazing. Seriously, if you are in the DC area, you should try to see it, it's really neat, and likely will not be in the US again after the exhibit closes in early March.

Things! are going on in [livejournal.com profile] stargate_summer and [livejournal.com profile] jd_ficathon, and the New Grammarian Drive is still going on for [livejournal.com profile] fandom_grammar, so that's all exciting. [livejournal.com profile] brainofck has taken over as my alpha reader for my [livejournal.com profile] stargate_summer, which is awesome; we've already found a solution to one of the major problems I'd been having; naturally, said solution requires research, but isn't that always the case?

Moodwise, I've actually been feeling better the last week or so--minus a teeny tiny breakdown last night--but there's no way of knowing if that's because of the new medicine (it has a flavor! and that flavor is black cherry ick) or because I've been around people this last week, so we shall see if it continues when I'm back on my own in the Burgh. I hope so, I really do. I'm so, so tired of being a lump of sad all the time.
melayneseahawk: (cursor)
Am trying to finish my second [livejournal.com profile] stargate_summer Big Bang this year. You know, the one where SG-1 goes undercover as space pirates. And I'm looking for an alpha reader/cheerleader to help me with some plotting issues, and whatever problems may arise as I continue working on the rough draft.

Note: cheerleader would not be required to do any actual editing; I'm going to have someone else to do that. All I'm looking for is someone familiar with SG-1 canon who is willing to hold my hand through the writing process. I've got the broadest strokes of an outline, but some of the details are eluding me, and I'm sure I'll run into additional problems as I go.

more fic details )

Interested? Comment here with your e-mail address (comments are screened) or drop me an e-mail at melayneseahawk[at]gmail[dot]com, and we'll chat!

Edit: Found!

update

Wednesday, 6 April 2011 11:49
melayneseahawk: (cursor)
Not dead, just very busy. Here's a basic update of the last two weeks:

Have gone back to work, which is a good thing. It means money, and it means something to do, and it's a constant ego boost, because both my bosses (I have two, it's complicated) think I'm wonderful. It's nice to be appreciated. :D

Mood has generally been pretty good, though of course I've started experiencing one of the negative side effects of one of the meds. Actually, I've been experiencing it for a few months, but just realized it. Basically, I've gained about 20 pounds in three months. Now, I was too thin before that, so about 10-15 of those are welcome, but it means that most of my pants don't fit anymore and my tits are now enormous. Will be adding exercise to my schedule (finally; should have done that years ago), and changing my eating habits a bit, but I'm not sure if I want to go clothes shopping before I lose that five pounds. On the one hand, it sucks that only two pairs of jeans and my three work pants still fit. On the other, I don't want to spend $40+ per pair on jeans, only to have them potentially not fit if the weight comes off. If anyone has any thoughts on the matter, I'd love to hear them.

I've officially finished four of my six college applications (one rejected me before I could finish, the other I still have to do the interview). I'm all-but-formally-accepted to one of my top schools, which is really great, and I should be hearing back from the others soon. Then I have to visit the ones I haven't seen, and make a decision. Eep.

Have also decided to let my [livejournal.com profile] stargate_summer fic wait until next year. Between my schedule and [livejournal.com profile] theemdash's, there was no way it was going to be done in time. Apparently, it takes me two years if I want to write something novel-length. *shrugs*

Had a fight with a new recipe yesterday and the day before, and while I've learned a lot, it's still not perfect. I mean, it tastes good, but it doesn't look right yet. But I have some ideas for how to deal with that, so it will take more experimentation when I have time (and more blue food coloring).

I feel like today is going to be a spammy day, so I'll likely see you all again soon. :P
melayneseahawk: (poker muse)
lifted from [livejournal.com profile] sidlj: Each Sunday, post about six sentences from a writing project -- published, submitted, in progress, for your cat -- whatever.

“Mister O’Neill, begin docking procedures.”

“Aye, Captain,” Jack said, hands flying over the console with the ease of practice, notifying the Tertia spaceport that the Wild Goose would be coming in for a landing. He transmitted their registration and manifest without thinking about it, already focused on what he would do when they were planetside. Once the cargo was unloaded, he’d meet up with Daniel, Carter, and T; they’d get a room at one of the taverns that dotted the ship district, and then they’d enjoy the comforts of being dirt-bound for a few days: fresh food, drinkable beer, non-recycled air, different company. Spending weeks at a time in a flying tin can got really old, really fast.
melayneseahawk: (plot tribbles)
~ did not get up on time, so younger brother jumped on head
~ scraped up hands on rabbit cage
~ signed up for [livejournal.com profile] stargate_summer again

I'm just a masochist, aren't I?

But! I have a plot, and it involves SPACE PIRATES. For real this time!

It's all [livejournal.com profile] theemdash's fault?

Fic! Kriegsspiel

Wednesday, 14 July 2010 19:58
melayneseahawk: (family ties)
Yes, this is the long-awaited novel. For you non-Stargate people, I will be doing a "Previously On" so you know the important, relevant plot points from the show. Or you can just dive in. :D

Title: Kriegsspiel
Author: [livejournal.com profile] melayneseahawk
Artist: [livejournal.com profile] ninja_hamsters
Fanmixer: [livejournal.com profile] theemdash
Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Canon AU
Rating: NC-17 (language, violence, sex)
Length: 42135 words
Characters: Season 10 SG-1 + Jack, SGC Ensemble and OCs, cameo by SGA team
Pairing: Jack/Daniel, Cam/Carolyn, unrequited Sam/Jack
Warnings: spoilers through Continuum and Atlanis Season 5 finale; highlight to reveal:
character death

Summary: After Atlantis landed, the world was thrown into chaos. Newly-elected American President Michael Taylor shut down the Stargate Program in the hope of appeasing the international community. But something is wrong, and soon the remaining members of the SGC are forced to flee through the 'gate before more of their numbers disappear. Cut off from allies and resources, the survivors turn to galactic piracy to survive--and to arm themselves for a return to Earth, unsure what they will find. Who was really behind the dismantling of the SGC? Is there something more sinister on the horizon? Can SG-1 get to the bottom of the conspiracy and save the world one more time?

Short Author's Notes: Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] indywind and [livejournal.com profile] llian for cheerleading, and to [livejournal.com profile] theemdash and [livejournal.com profile] secondalto for beta services.

Master Post

Enhanced Content:
Art by [livejournal.com profile] ninja_hamsters
Fanmix by [livejournal.com profile] theemdash

argh, so close

Thursday, 8 July 2010 22:19
melayneseahawk: (hysteria)
I have one scene--ONE SCENE--of the [livejournal.com profile] stargate_summer left to write, and it is kicking my ass.

It's a heavy exposition scene, so it's boring both to write and read. I've come up with a way to make it a little comic, I think, but I'm not sure I can actually pull it off. It means writing Atlantis characters, which I've never done much of, and writing technobabble, which I always avoid if possible.

Right now I need to just get something on the page. I can fix it later.

On the other hand, [livejournal.com profile] allandaros helped me take the space battle climax* from blah to rather awesome, IMNSHO. And, also, it's done, so that's good.

Packing for Atlanta tomorrow; last Dragon*Con staff meeting before con in September. I feel horribly unprepared, but hopefully I'm just being a spaz.



*This is not spoilery. It's like the end of Hamlet: you know where it's going, it's just a matter of getting there. Not that this is anything like Hamlet. Well, minus the PEW PEW. :P
melayneseahawk: (cursor)
I totally sat down last night and banged out my 600-word epilogue in like 20 minutes.

\o/

This means that the [livejournal.com profile] stargate_summer had 2.5 scenes to be written, and then it's done done DONE. The new stuff will require beta-ing, and then all of Act III will require a SPAG check, but I already have the lovely [livejournal.com profile] indywind, [livejournal.com profile] secondalto, and [livejournal.com profile] theemdash lined up to help with all that.

And then I post all this as soon as I get back from Atlanta next weekend.

*flails*

omg not dead

Wednesday, 18 November 2009 09:12
melayneseahawk: (bigger on the inside)
Still alive, just busy enough that I haven't made time to post.

Have actually started contacting people at potential colleges for next fall, so that's exciting. Still looking primarily at the Northeast and northern Midwest, but I've been told good things about a school in North Carolina that I'm going to look into. It's a weird process; Mom wants to hold me back, since I'm still not doing great on the mental health front, but I'm still forging ahead because I'll die of boredom if I don't. Hopefully I'll be ready when the time comes, but right now I just want to run screaming into the night.

Classes are really, really boring. I'm totally doing too much work for one of them, but I'm slacking in the other two because I can do the work with my eyes closed. I worry that the lack of intellectual challenge is making me lazy, but considering how maniacal I'm being about American History notes, I'm probably fine. I am looking forward to my final project in that class (pro- and anti-war music during the Vietnam war); considering the vastly differing political stances my classmates have, it should be a rip-roaring good time. :P

This is the last weekend in the box office (thank God), and not only do I have shows Thursday through Sunday, but we've got two shows on Saturday. I'm planning on bringing one of the bagpipe books (World Music final project) and settling in for the long-haul.

I'm hoping to have some fic up tonight. The last "She" drabble is in my fingertips, and once that's typed I can post it and the four others sitting on my hard drive. Then I think I'll start picking at the various other short WsIP until the end of the semester. It's my plan to devote winter break to finishing the novel, but I'm not going to let myself start working on it until after exams. 'Cause I'm responsible like that. /snark
melayneseahawk: (existential)
Yesterday, my mother and I donated five bags of toys to Interfaith Clothing Centers, which is pretty much what the name is. They gather clothing, toys, and school supplies and then give them out to local families in need through a network of religious institutions. I've got another bag of toys, plus at least three bags of clothes to go through and drop off, possibly as soon as next weekend, plus a whole pile of old board games and things in the dining room.

I'm also prepping furniture and baby things to give to A Wider Circle, which focuses on getting families--especially new families--settled with the things they need to make a home. Finally, all this "junk" that's been sitting around my house can be repurposed and given to someone who can use it.

Also went driving yesterday. I'm slowly getting better with this; it would help if I actually practiced more often. :(

I'm still playing catch-up with classwork stuff. I have some seventy pages to read and take notes on for history, plus three powerpoints, and twenty pages to read for art history. And I'm waiting for the music prof to get back to me with the powerpoints I missed. All I can say is yargh.

Oh, and I quit my job on Friday. Retail hell would have been survivable, but I really didn't appreciate being shat on regularly because I was the newest employee. The 'rents are already paying for all the necessities--which all I'm spending, anyway, now that D*C is over--so I'm not really hurting for money. And considering how my mental state has been, I'm not ready for the added stress that particular job was causing. Maybe I'll resume the hunt in a few weeks.

Once I'm caught up for the semester, there will be fic. I have a collection of short things that are close to done that I intend to pick off one by one. And not just Stargate; there's Harry Potter and original stuff on that list, as well as crossovers such as An Apple a Day and the Stargate/X-Files one I mentioned at the D*C general fanfic panel. I'm going to do my own Bunny Euthanasia Project this October, in the hope of clearing my To Write list and bringing it down to manageable sizes.

I do intend to finish my [livejournal.com profile] stargate_summer on my own, rather than wait until next year. Quick opinion poll: The first part is already done, and the second will be done soon. Do people want me to post in installments--knowing that this is not some endless WIP--or just wait until it's all done?

Update

Saturday, 29 August 2009 07:14
melayneseahawk: (crisis)
Act I is done. Completely. Oh my God.

Act II is off to beta, and shouldn't need to much rewriting. Again, oh my God.

Act III is now up to 4000 words (I'm horrendous at deadlines, I know, don't hurt me). The current draft is printed, and I'm bringing it with in the car.

I'm leaving in an hour or so to take the Geekling up to school. Since we have two cars and two drivers, we're driving up today, moving him in, and driving back home tomorrow. If I'm lucky, we'll be back by early afternoon, but I'm probably going to be helping move Mum into her office.

Monday, I start classes (!!!) and then after class I go down to the city to help with the major part of the moving effort. And then when I get home, I get to do [livejournal.com profile] jd_ficathon match-ups!

Work on Tuesday evening, class again on Wednesday, and then Thursday midday I fly out to Atlanta for Dragon*Con. I'm hoping I can fit all my crap into carry-on-able luggage, but you try fitting a pair of knee-high boots, two corsets, Renfest skirt(s) and shirt, laptop, camera with extra lens, and normal clothes into carry-on luggage. I would use a corset icon, but I'm too damned busy.

Oh, I will laugh my ass off if they decide to search my stuff. No, really, I will.

(Don't even get me started on the way they completely buggered my schedule for work. It's not good for my blood pressure.)

And somewhere in the middle of all this, I have to write some 1500 words, edit, and post my [livejournal.com profile] stargate_summer. I'm going to be posting from D*C, I have this feeling.
melayneseahawk: (tales)
I am very, very glad I decided to get new betas. I already have editing suggestions for Cam's voice, foreshadowing, and typo check for Act I, and I'm just about to send them Act II (and a revised Act I as appropriate). We're actually going somewhere!

I've got an entourage now, though. :P

Also, I tried to work on Act III while my mom was meeting with her new landlady, but instead I wound up advising on their interior design. People are weird when you tell them you've built sets.

This made my day:



Also, a bit of amusement from work yesterday: I had one of the costume designers from Round House Theatre come in to buy a sweater vest for their production of The Picture of Dorian Gray. It's apparently a modern retelling, and now I want to see it even more, if only to sit there and say "I sold them that vest!" I'm such a dork.

Don't Panic!

Friday, 7 August 2009 23:01
melayneseahawk: (the guide)
I will not panic that there are only 10 people signed up for [livejournal.com profile] jd_ficathon. The month is young.

I will not panic that I've spent the last two days in a depressed state. I will call my doctor. Not likely.)

I will not panic that MC hasn't put up book lists yet. There are a large number of bookstores in my area, I will be able to buy what I need.

I will not panic that my brother is completely unprepared for college. It is Not My Problem.

I will not panic that my [livejournal.com profile] stargate_summer is not moving at all.

No, wait, I will panic about that last one.
melayneseahawk: (wench)
Busy day yesterday and today:

Yesterday:
~ send Beat the Geek tests in
~ put up [livejournal.com profile] jd_ficathon sign-up post and pimp
~ remove all tags from new work clothes
~ clean room
~ pay for fall classes
~ go to Israeli bond office and get check for most recent matured bond (money will pay 'rents back for classes, and then part is going into a CD)
~ send e-mail to [livejournal.com profile] stargate_summer beta


Today:
~ make cards for people already signed up for [livejournal.com profile] jd_ficathon (we've got ten people already!)
~ watch Star Trek: First Contact so it can be returned
~ clean desk
~ call the Maryland Comptroller's Office again (they're very, very stupid)
~ shower
~ make limeade

~ wash floors
~ lots of laundry
melayneseahawk: (double)
Survived orientation. Lots of talk about loss prevention and stuff. Filled out paperwork, etc. I have to type up the dress code dos and don'ts; they're hilarious.

My brain seems to be functioning somewhat better now; hopefully I can get some major writing done. I'm going be sending my beta something in the next few days, but I'm hoping it's a more complete draft than what I have right now. *facepalm*
melayneseahawk: (not a good sound)
I've figured out the root of this most recent episode, not that it helps much. My brain has a disturbing habit of self-sabotage that it really, really needs to grow out of. I'm going to get to work tomorrow (yay, orientation) if it kills me, but the way I'm feeling right now? It might.

Add to this the fact that there are some side-effects from the Seroquel that haven't gone away. The meds don't make me sleep more; they just make it harder for me to fight the urge to stay in bed. I've long used sleep as an avoidance tactic, and the Seroquel just makes that easier. But I don't think there's anything else I can try that won't cause harder problems to deal with.

How many negatives were in that sentence? Eew.

[livejournal.com profile] stargate_summer is going nowhere fast, which sucks. I really want to finish this, to be able to say I accomplished something this summer. (Getting the job doesn't count; keeping it is much more important.) I feel like the words are there, but I just can't get them on the page.

I guess I'll go eat something, and then see if I can sit down at write something: some filler for Act II, an outline for Act III, the end of Act III (which is relatively clear in my head), something. I know I'll only feel worse if the only thing I accomplished today was to get up (eventually) and fold a few loads of laundry.
melayneseahawk: (emotions suck)
Word count for Act II is just under 12000; I'm starting Act III tomorrow if it kills me. With the end, probably, because that's the only part I have a clue about, but if it's words on the page, I don't care. I'm still up in the air about the pregnancy thing (I'm thisclose to just cutting it for the sake of my sanity), but I'm dropping the big space battle, because a) it's not necessary and b) I just don't want to write it. So there. :P

I'd hoped to get more writing done today, but my mood's been crap. Dunno why, really want it to stop. Dear brain, I hate you.

I keep forgetting that the pills don't magically fix the depression, they just make it more manageable. So, that means I still get stuck with days when I can barely function. They're just one at a time now, not weeks at a time. It's an improvement, but sometimes it's hard to see it that way.

Damn it, I don't have time for this.
melayneseahawk: (research)
So, I'm looking for fic, and it's going to be a doozy:

I'm looking for stories (preferably not terribly long ones) where Sam finds out about Jack/Daniel and gets upset. Corollary: no Sam-bashing. I want her reactions to be sane and realistic; she can get angry, not speak to them, etc. but I don't want her to try to kill Daniel or something.

(I'm writing a fic wherein Sam doesn't respond well to the reveal--which is something I've never done before--and I want to get into the right mood for it.)

Thanks!
melayneseahawk: (creative needs)
Two partial scenes completed, two brand new scenes, including coitus interruptus, an argument, and the end of the act. Now to finish writing the middle. :P

Also spent a few hours making a chart to keep track of all the original characters or expanded minor characters I've got floating around. I got to name spaceships!

I still need help with that tech question. I'm likely to skip and come back to the scenes that require technobabble if I don't come up with something soon, but I don't like doing that if I don't have to.

I think I'm done for tonight. Not as much as I'd hoped, but I did some plotting, so that counts for something.


It's starting to look more and more like I'll actually have a pretty complete draft to send to my editor on the 1st. I'm very excited.

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