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Internets, how many of you have ever encountered a major setback in your writing -- especially in writing a particularly long fic? Well, I just had one of those.

Basically, a friend directed me to the most comprehensive breakdown of Marine Corps boot camp scheduling I've ever seen in my life in an effort to help me with my GK/AI crossover.

At first? I was unbelievably excited

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Maybe this won't be as ludicrously difficult as I initially thought!

And then I realized that this schedule indicates I'm going to have to either rearrange or entirely ditch about half the notes I took and storyboarded out of Making the Corps.

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SO MUCH ANGUISH. I don't think y'all even understand how much research I've been doing for this fic. Damn my obsessive compulsion to get as many little details right as I can!

And this comes right after I was informed that I've been looking up the wrong type of prosthesis (below the knee, Tunny has an above the knee *memory fail*) Thank God I hadn't written tons about that part yet, or else I'm pretty sure everyone would be able to hear me screaming.


And now, more meme-age!

Day Eleven: Do you prefer certain genres of fic when you're writing? What kind do you tend to write most?

Well, I certainly seem to have quite a fondness for AUs and crossovers, and really a lot of my fics (including AUs and crossovers) seem to have this thing where they keep turning into hurt/comfort. I like to torture my characters and I don't even know why O_o


In conclusion, the moral of this post is: WRITING IS HARD.

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"One faces the future with one's past..." -- Pearl S. Buck

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Cheers.

P.S. - See my previous post for less whining and more fic and kitten pictures (well, just one actually, but it's pretty damn cute).
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Dear James McAvoy,

Much as I adore you and long to take raunchy, unlawful liberties with your person, you and Fassbender really need to stop trolling the internet looking for things to say to fuck with the fangirls. It's not very nice, I'm just sayin'.

Oh, who am I kidding, I still love the both of y'all.

Best,
[livejournal.com profile] emerald_skies


On the other hands, comments like that wind up spawning gifs like this, so I can't hate too much, but still, it's the principle of the thing.

(Y'all are welcome, by the way)

Oof, this whole post has me making this face:

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I'll just stop now while I still have some higher brain functioning.

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"Music is the soundtrack of your life..." -- Dick Clark

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Cheers.

P.S. - Happy birthday, actual Nate!
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Dear LiveJournal,

If you could unfuck yourself soon, I would really appreciate it. Because this is basically me right now:

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And my poor computer can only stand so much abuse.

Thanks (for nothing),
[livejournal.com profile] emerald_skies


In other Glee-related news, FUCK YES. (Warning: slightly spoilerish)

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I don't care that my geeky joy is making me look like a total loser, I AM EXCITE.

Also, [livejournal.com profile] jean_iris and I totally had the best casting/episode/song idea ever:

[livejournal.com profile] emerald_skies: for real, this stark as will's little brother thing needs to happen
[livejournal.com profile] jean_iris: totally
[livejournal.com profile] emerald_skies: and he needs to teach something so all the girls can sing Hot For Teacher
[livejournal.com profile] emerald_skies: XD
[livejournal.com profile] jean_iris: lol xD
[livejournal.com profile] emerald_skies: the powers that be could wait until he grows his hair back and then have him do a slow motion hair flip as he walks down the halls :P
[livejournal.com profile] emerald_skies: mostly because that makes the best mental image ever

THINK OF THE HAIR FLIP. I can't possibly be the only one who finds this concept hilarious.

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"Time, the devourer of all things..." -- Ovid

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Cheers.

P.S. - See my previous post for more Starsgard fic, lots of gifs, and general rambling goodness.
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Howdy do, internets, I return more or less emotionally whole after how much Sunday drained the crap out of me. I made some significant progress on my GK/AI crossover fic (I just have two more scenes to sort out and the first part is ready to go) and, in the course of my usual half-paying attention to class, I wound up being asked to summarize American Idiot in some detail for [livejournal.com profile] eiirene (but, in hindsight, it also works pretty well for anyone else who needs details or won't be able to make it to the show). It took me about three hours because I kept getting sidetracked, but I finally did it and [livejournal.com profile] eiirene said that it should be immortalized for posterity.

With that said, I am proud to present: American Idiot in 20 Minutes )

Aaaand that's all I've got for right now. Stay tuned for possibly more vampire!AU, probably the first part of the GK/AI crossover, and whatever other odds and ends happen to occur to me over the course of the coming days. I'm pretty sure this will be my last concentrated ramble about AI until Stark leaves, but at least this is (hopefully) funny instead of my last two posts of OH GOD SO MANY FEELINGS.

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" Sweet are the uses of adversity…" – William Shakespeare

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Cheers.
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I CANNOT DEAL WITH THIS PICTURE. I can't. I had just managed to pull myself together (for the gazillionth time today) and then I saw this and the sight of Stark obviously trying (unsuccessfully) not to cry totally set me off again.

I like to think I look like this right now:
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Note Jensen's perfectly formed crystalline tears of pain

but in reality I'm probably closer to this:
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See previous post for more moping (and a smidge of background on said moping).

Cheers.
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So, today's the big day that American Idiot as I(/we) know and love it is really, really starting to...splinter? Dissolve? Idk, some sort of unpleasant change.

Anyway, because I have a bunch of feelings about the show (SO MANY FEELINGS), I wrote an open letter of sorts to vent. Try not to mock me too much for it, I know I'm a huge sap *headscreen*

Trite, maudlin open letter is both trite and maudlin (but at least decently heartfelt) )

I actually got all choked up when I was writing that.
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Good lord, self, get a grip.

Aaaaand, in the continued spirit of the occasion, a pic/gifspam of everything I have that's related to original!AI:

Dear Dad or God or...whatever... )

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OH GOD SO MANY FEELINGS. If anyone needs me I'll be off having a good cry in the corner (and I don't mean perfect crystalline Jensen Ackles tears, oh no, I'm talking full on red and blotchy "Oh God what is that get it away from me" sobbing). Anyone else who's feeling especially mopey about this is welcome to join me.

ETA: It's official, Michael Esper's Twitter made me start bawling like a small child.

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"Turn your wounds into wisdom..." -- Oprah Winfrey

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Cheers.
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Howdy all! Not much happening on my end (aside from lots of rending of garments over how many fics I have going on at one time), but just thought I'd stop by and drop off a lyrics challenge (remember those?) Blame [livejournal.com profile] britticism.

Step 1: Put your music player on shuffle.
Step 2: Post the first line (or first and second line if it's completely impossible) from the first 30 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing.
Step 3: Strike out the songs when someone guesses both artist and track correctly.
Step 4: Looking them up on Google or any other search engine is CHEATING!
Step 5: If you like the game post your own!


In which emerald_skies has the most random taste in music EVER (and is also a huge nerd -- to no one's surprise)... )

Also, gif!

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In reality, I'm sure he's entirely used to getting this kind of treatment from hordes of women...

Which is, incidentally, eerily appropriate to this post...

THAT IS ALL.

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"Solitude is the place of purification..." -- Martin Buber

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Cheers.
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Put down/swallow any and all food or drink you have right now before you click the cut (Edit: or the comments). I'm serious.

Mother of God.... )

You're welcome.

Aaaand my reaction (expressed in a series of gifs) )

See my previous post for more interesting things (like actual coherent words and junk).

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"A word to the wise is infuriating..." -- Hunter S. Thompson

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Cheers.
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Let me tell you, internets, 2010 has been an interesting year now that I think about it in hindsight.

I joined the most incredible, friendly, inclusive, talented, and generally all-around awesome fandom I've ever seen (Ilu, fellow Generation Kill fangirls)

I started really fangirling for Stark and actually met him in the span of this year -- he was the first famous person I ever met who wasn't a politician.

I hit a milestone birthday (and still feel 18 in my head in spite of it).

I (co)wrote the longest piece of fanfiction I've ever done anything for in all 7 years of fandom (Ilu [livejournal.com profile] mcl4r3n)

I met some of you irl for the first time in many, many years of LJing. Now I know why others of you talk about how awesome it is to meet each other :D

Plus a whole bunch of other things. And most of you who read this thing on a semi-regular basis were right there with me for it. I just wanna say before this year winds to a close (pretend some of y'all aren't in timezones where it's next year already) that I love every single one of you and thank you for not laughing me and my ramblings off the internet. I'd be lost without y'all, but you know this already <3

And so, while I get all the coding for my remaining NYC pictures sorted out, I propose a NYE dance party!

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At some point, there will be a break to bust out some champagne and count the celebratory gunshots. Yeeha?

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"Literature is news that stays news..." -- Ezra Pound

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Cheers.

P.S. - Can anyone tell me what the deal is with this New Year's performance the Idiot cast is supposed to be doing? Wheres (as in channels) and whens would be especially helpful, this is relevant to Le Boyfriend's and my interests.
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HOLY SHIT.

HOLY SHIT.

MY COUSIN* KNOWS STARK MOTHERFUCKING SANDS. LIKE, ACTUALLY KNOWS HIM.

How I found this out:

I was chatting with her at Christmas dinner (part 2) and she asked me about the things I did in New York. So I was telling her about American Idiot...

Awesomest cousin ever: Oh, I have a friend from USC who's in that.
Me: ...you don't say. Who?
ACE: His name is Stark, Stark Sands
My brain/face/everything: SYSTEM MOTHERFUCKING FAILURE.
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So I explained how I'd been there to see him and actually met him and after the usual "He's cute, isn't he? *knowing grin*", she explained that he'd been two years ahead of her and lived in the frat house two houses down from her sorority (or something like that, I was freaking out enough by this point that I might have crossed a wire somewhere). I got the impression that they still talk from time to time.

I love this cousin anyway because she's always a blast to talk to, but y'all can bet there will be some serious grilling about this in the future.

HOLYSHITHOLYSHITHOLYSHITHOLYSHITHOLYSHIT

Ahem. I need to calm down and start coming up with non-flaily capslocky things to ask her about what he is/was like. God, I don't even know where to start (I'm still in the "flaily hands and high-pitched noises" stage). WHAT DO I DO WITH THIS INFORMATION HOLYCRAP.

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"Humor is mankind's greatest blessing..." -- Mark Twain

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Cheers.

* - This is the late-twenty-something one who lives in L.A. and works for the Academy (as in the people who do the Oscars). Because of said job with the Academy, she knows tons of people for work reasons as opposed to actually being friends with them (so the key if she says she knows someone is to ask HOW she knows them -- different answers carry different weight).
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NEW YORKERS ([livejournal.com profile] pjvilar or otherwise), I NEED YOUR HELP

Can any of you recommend a good sushi/teriyaki place in the city? All it needs is to not be outrageously expensive and, once again, subway line friendly would be good but isn't a must.

Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated (I know there are a gazillion restaurant guides out there on the interwebs but I figured I'd ask y'all as well).

In the mean time, I'll just be over here freaking out that I get to see THIS in 48ish hours

At the center of the Earth in the parking lot / of the 7-11 where I was taught... )

OhmyGod, y'all, I can't even...just...
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And now, PACKING LIKE MAD.

Cheers.
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Dear Physiology of Exercise professor,

I enjoyed the laugh we had today as I handed in my teacher evaluation and you jokingly asked if I threw you under the proverbial bus. I may have been smiling when I said I did, but you'll see for yourself in a couple of weeks just how little I was joking. Enjoy your meeting with the department head, and thanks for the three months of hell.

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Glad to be done with this shit,
[livejournal.com profile] emerald_skies

P.S. - I hope I'm not the only one who spotted the glorious irony of you yelling at us for ditching/being late today when you yourself showed up 20 minutes late. I'm just sayin'.


Also, sign #3840384 that I might be slightly obsessed with American Idiot:

I was sorely tempted to put the following lines from Too Much Too Soon in the comments section of the evaluation -

"Farewell I'll see you in hell/
I hope you rest in pieces/
FUCK YOU!"

I think that sums up how I feel about this professor pretty nicely, but I ultimately decided to be mature in my explanation of why I hated his class so much. I figure that way the department will take it seriously and might actually do something about him. Slightly petty anyway? Possibly, but at this point I'm too fucking exhausted to care. Stay tuned for a more fannish post later.

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"The world is but a perpetual seesaw..." -- Michel de Montaigne

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Cheers.

P.S. - At least I have a little present to myself coming in the mail very soon as a reward for not losing my shit over this semester. Mmmm, tasty tasty silver lining.
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So, internets, as a few of you may know (and empathize with), I have a rather love-hate relationship with Facebook. Today, it's largely hate. Why? Two things:

1) I saw this as a status update:

"[Girl from high school who barely spoke to me but wanted me to be friend # 48938673 anyway] casual family vacay in morocco. camels ftw ;)
10 hours ago via Facebook for Blackberry"

A casual family vacation in MOROCCO. Posted from a Crackberry, no less. For comparison, I've been saving for months just to buy myself a mid-level digital camera (as a long-term investment). Fuck my broke-ass college kid life.

2) Dear fellow college student that I've never even seen face-to-face,

Stop suggesting that I 'Like' things. I mean it. I do not give a shit about half the things you suggest I like and yet you continue suggesting anyway. Also, I swear to Raptor Jesus I'm going to find you and reduce you to your component molecules if you send me another Farmville/Mafia Wars/etc. invitation.

If not for your funny status updates and occasional relevant posts in your capacity as a journalist for the university student newspaper, I would have de-friended you months ago. So seriously, take it down a notch.

--[livejournal.com profile] emerald_skies


I swear, if it wasn't a useful tool for keeping up with my extended family and the few people from high school that I actually did talk to, I would delete my Facebook and save myself the trouble.

Also, to the random guy in my Sports Nutrition class who yanked one of my headphones out to speak to me; WHAT THE SUGAR-FROSTED FUCK IS YOUR PROBLEM?! What bizarro-land did you come from such that you think it's okay to invade my personal space when neither of us even knows the other's name? I can't even-- just no. Please reconsider invading strangers' personal space in the future, because I can pretty much guarantee other people won't be as "nice" as I was.

On the bright side, I have no classes on Monday (woo! 3 day weekend!) so I can catch up on a) all the sleep I've been losing to tutoring and schoolwork, b) all the crap I promised I'd post on here, and c) FIC!

In the mean time, I'll just be back in this post rolling around in all the pretty.

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"The love of heaven makes one heavenly..." -- William Shakespeare

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Cheers.

P.S. - Dear Kinesiology classes,

I really think you've covered body composition/body mass index enough. I've had to calculate my own % body fat/BMI three times in the last two weeks -- I get it, I could stand to lose a few pounds. Enough already, it's starting to seem like a conspiracy now.

Sincerely,
[livejournal.com profile] emerald_skies
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Internets, last night I discovered confirmation that my brain is a deeply scary place that runs on sugar/caffeine and porn. Why, you ask?

Because last night I had a dream in which the GK boys were dancing to this:

Ice Cream Truck - Cazwell (cut due to being semi-NSFW and to prevent autoplay) )

The dream was basically a shot-for-shot recreation of that video but with the GK boys instead. Yeah. That's how my unconscious rolls.

In completely unrelated news, does anyone 'round these parts watch Friday Night Lights? I got hooked on that recently and came to two important conclusions (after just starting Season 2):

1) Matt Saracen (as a character) is too adorable for words.

2) I would do awful, raunchy things to Tim Riggins. Even though Taylor Kitsch obviously re-used his (failtastic) Texan accent from this for X-Men Origins: Wolverine

That is all (for now). In the spirit of this ~fabulous~ post, Lance thanks you for your time:
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Clearly he and I are on a similar wavelength

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"An idea is salvation by imagination..." -- Frank Lloyd Wright

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Cheers.

P.S. - For anyone still catching up, part 12 of Le Batfic can be found here

P.P.S. - I think I'm going to make the reaction post a two-parter by show (one Glee post and one SPN post) since I am literally that far behind on things. *shakes fist at computer*
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Happy Thanksgiving, internets (even to those of you who don't celebrate it). For lack of any fic or other interesting things to post, I give y'all this:

In which the Idiots play the Macy's parade (and certain cast members look particularly adorable) )

I'm still boggling that I get to go see this in less than a month. LESS THAN A MONTH thrjkdlgjkfdlgjk

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...*ahem*

Off to resume clogging my arteries and yelling at the T.V. (ahh college football) \o/

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"We fear the thing we want the most..." -- Robert Anthony

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Cheers.
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Reason #5374894 why I hate my family sometimes it can be problematic when your fannish interests mix with real life:

Because it can lead to things like this coming up at Thanksgiving dinner in front of your boyfriend and your whole extended family (loud enough for all of them to hear) -

"Hey [livejournal.com profile] emerald_skies, maybe if you tell Stark it's your birthday when you ask him for his autograph he'll offer to take you out to dinner or something."


I didn't think it was possible for the shade of red I turned to actually occur in nature. Meanwhile, this was my reaction internally:

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WHYYYYYYYYYY?


Ah, the holidays. Anyone here interested in adopting me?

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"I confess, I do not believe in time..." -- Vladimir Nabokov

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Cheers.
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So I heard that Mark Zuckerberg successfully trademarked the word "face".

Yes, seriously.

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Granted, it's in a telecommunications capacity (no FaceSpace chatrooms or anything like that), but still. Really, USPO? Was it that slow of a day at the office? I can't even-- just no. Bad USPO, no biscuit.

In the mean time, does anyone (of the...like...five people that were probably following it) remember a certain Starsgard fic that has been comatose for quite sometime (including a Batfic-induced hiatus)?

Well, [livejournal.com profile] mcl4r3n sort of kicked my ass into finally writing some more.

Title: Picking Up The Pieces (Part 8)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] emerald_skies
Summary: In which Stark realizes he's quite out of his depth, which leads to consulting an old friend for help.
Usual disclaimer/boilerplate that I keep forgetting: This is all a work of fiction that never happened. It's the product of my overactive imagination, please don't sue, etc. etc. etc.

The question of what Stark is supposed to do now turns out to be an extremely good one... )

It's been so long since I posted anything for this that I recommend any interested parties go back and at least read the previous part as a refresher. As for this? Enjoy, and feel free to comment/flail as usual.

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"Have a vision. Be demanding..." -- Colin Powell

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Cheers.

ETA: Just dropping back in to post this awesome video I found (it's twice as awesome if you're familiar with Blue Man Group) )
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Just popping in to drop off the second half of Part 11 of Le Batfic.

Title: Celer, Silens, Mortalis (Part 11b)
Authors: [livejournal.com profile] emerald_skies and [livejournal.com profile] mcl4r3n
Summary: In which Nate has to remind Brad that underestimating him is a really bad idea and Brad learns that there can be benefits to admitting one's mistakes.

When Brad originally thought of it, having Nate train with him and Rudy seemed like a great idea... )

I don't have a preview ready this time because this part stops where we stopped so far and we're still deciding what exactly will happen next (I may just save the preview for when I have the start of a next scene handy). Enjoy and (as usual) fell free to comment with as much (or as little) feedback as you like!

Cheers.
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Le Boyfriend decided it would be a good idea to make a sandwich using bacon that's old enough that I can't remember when we bought it (which means it's probably expired). It's not green or trying to chase us around Le Flat or anything like that, but this still probably isn't going to go well.

Fuck yeah, college! When you aren't trying to kill us with schoolwork, you're trying to kill us by stretching our finances until we're resorting to eating expired food (well, some of us anyway).

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Why are college degrees such a big fucking deal again?

Meanwhile, the GK rewatch today was ridiculously awesome. Seriously, GKers, y'all are the best fandom ever. Especially for not telling me to shut the hell up with the gifs and keyboard-mashing-capslock-abusing fangirling. Don't ever change <3

Back to reaction posts and schoolwork. Sigh.

T-minus 28 days 'til American Idiot! gfhjkdlrahgjkfhjkd WHY IS IT STILL NOVEMBER

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"Nature does nothing uselessly..." -- Aristotle

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Cheers.
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OhmyGodohmyGodohmyGod

Internets, this is actually happening. The New York trip is no longer a pipe dream.

We have plane tickets (leave in the evening on 12/17, come back in the afternoon on 12/21).

American Idiot is no longer a pipe dream. Le Boyfriend and I have tickets for the evening of the 18th in Row E of the orchestra section.

Which, unless I'm greatly misinterpreting the seating chart (which is entirely possible), sounds suspiciously like the fifth row.

OhmyGod. Excuse me while I boogaloo!

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WHY IS IT STILL ONLY NOVEMBER GAH.

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"Wisdom comes by disillusionment..." -- George Santayana

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Cheers.

P.S. - Anyone interested in meeting up? Any suggestions on things we should do? We're already doing a museum crawl, American Idiot, and Avenue Q., but any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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